JON KROBOT – BIOGRAPHY
Jon Krobot is an experienced media executive based out of New York City. He has over twenty years of experience in the media industry having worked in a variety of job functions including distribution, advertising sales and marketing.
Prior to joining AIM TV and the staff of “Raw Travel”, Jon was a Vice President, Syndication Central Region for Tribune Entertainment where he was responsible for distributing shows such as Soul Train, Dreamworks SKG Movies, Family Feud and more. Prior to that, Jon held similar positions in syndication with Tribune Company in Los Angeles.
Jon is also an avid traveler, spending time in various parts of Australia, New Zealand, China, Costa Rica, Mexico, Italy to name a few. Besides International travel, Jon has unique domestic knowledge as he has traveled to virtually every major U.S. city through his time working in the television industry.
Prior to working in the domestic television syndication, Jon worked in research and advertising sales. He was a national TV representative in New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Detroit as well as a local Account Executive in Nashville.
In his current position for Raw Travel, Jon helps oversee the distribution, advertising sales and content creation and partnerships for the company. Working for Raw Travel combines his great passions of television, marketing and travel.
Renzo Devia is a U.S.-born television producer and director of Colombian heritage. As an American Latino producer, Devia continually strives to project positive, dynamic images of Latinos on television. Devia’s production experience includes his first television job in 1995 at Univision networks, the nation’s premier Spanish-language network as well as extensive producing experience at MTV and HBO Latino.
While field producing for Univision, Devia encountered the Latino audience in the streets of New York city, learning valuable insights into the shortcomings of both Spanish and English television serving the growing U.S. Latino audience. After listening to feedback from “the source,” Devia realized there was a large void in the market.
Devia pitched his ideas and projects to Univision, but after repeated rejections from the Spanish television network, in 2001 Devia went independent and teamed up with Executive Producer Robert G. Rose (also a former Univision employee) and his vision became a reality with Urban Latino TV, which pioneered the business model for television programming in English for young Latinos.
Devia and Rose created Maximas Productions and produced American Latino TV and LatiNation which are still airing in broadcast syndication in over 100 cities nationwide. Devia, Rose and the Maximas Productions team garnered multiple awards including the Imagen Award for Best National Informational Program three consecutive years (2003, 2004 and 2005).
Devia strives to continuously develop programming that breaks down barriers and overcomes stereotypes of under served audiences. In 2008 Devia and Rose sold the American Latino TV and LatiNation properties to LATV Networks.
After 15 years of producing English language content for U.S born Latinos, Devia is now independently developing new projects and bringing his talents to Latin America. His quest now includes telling stories in Spanish from Central and South America and the Caribbean.
After many extensive travels and great relationships with the Latin market Renzo has made it his mission to educate people on the under served Afro-Latino culture. His vision has been consistent, to unite Latinos and empower them.
In 2009 Devia began his new company Creador Pictures, LLC and in 2010, Devia and Rose re-formed their creative alliance to develop and create “Raw Travel”, a different kind of travel television series focusing on socially aware and sustainable travel.
Robert G. Rose – Biography
Robert G. Rose is a successful media entrepreneur, producer and host of the internationally syndicated television series, Raw Travel ®. After flirting with long term travel for years, in 2008 Rose sold his successful startup media company and had the opportunity to live and travel abroad full time. This experience cemented his love of travel and produced life changing moments that inspired Rose to share his experiences by developing a TV show that would focus on authentic travel in a socially aware context.
This idea became reality in 2013 when Raw Travel ® premiered. Today heading into its 5th Season and 100th episode, the show can be seen every weekend in over 160 U.S. cities in over 93% of the U.S. on CBS, ABC, NBC, Fox, CW, etc. affiliates. Raw Travel is also broadcast in several countries and territories around the world including on National Geographic in Asia, Amazon in India, Fox in Europe and many more. The show can also be seen on a variety of In Flight Entertainment on a variety of domestic and international airlines such as Virgin America, Alaska Air, Air Canada, FinAir and more as well as several digital outlets coming in 2018.
With almost 50 million viewers tuning in annually in the U.S. alone, Raw Travel currently lays claim to have become the most watched authentic travel show on U.S. commercial television, broadcast or cable.
Raw Travel’s rapid rise lies in its DIY (Do It Yourself) approach to both filmmaking and travel. With a relentless mission of showcasing less publicized aspects of destinations and doing good while having fun, the show combines themes such as eco-tourism, voluntourism (giving back), underground music and subcultures.
Rose has visited over 50 countries and counting. When not traveling or working on Raw Travel, Rose reads voraciously, volunteers, blogs and runs his production & distribution company AIM TV Group & hs digital record label, “Punk Outlaw Records”.
Grace Linstrom is in her final year at Fitchburg State University studying Editing, Audio and Intercultural Communications. Her interests include practicing language, yoga and writing. This is her first semester interning for Raw Travel and has already proven herself to be a valuable member of the team.
Scott Gawlik is a creative professional. His original perspective, unrivaled leadership, and thorough technical knowledge provide the perfect cocktail of skills to tackle any production need. Scott’s background ranges from working post production at Technicolor to directing for Comedy Central.
Recent projects include:
– Dave Attell “Road Work” Comedy Central Special, 2014
– Nick Dipaolo “Another Senseless Killing” Comedy Special, 2014
– Post Production on Green Day’s “Heart Like a Hand Grenade” A feature film documenting the recording of their American Idiot Album, 2014.
– Video wall for Black Sabbath’s 2013 world tour.
– Video wall for The Monkees’ 2013 tour.
– Raw Travel Eastern Europe Fall 2014
Michael Saladino of On the Point Films, is a media content creator who thrives on jobs that challenge his creative abilities. Michael began working at the age of eleven, skirting child labor laws by volunteering at a local cable company and gained exposure through working on everything from talk shows to sporting events. He has focused his education on television, video, and film production, winning several honors and awards along the way. While staying active in both his studies and his work, Michael’s creative efforts shifted to the music world when he began devoting his talents to creating and singing in a New York-based rock band.
After eleven years, Michael decided to combine his two passions and began writing treatments and directing successful music videos for acts such as Type O Negative and Gizmachi. Michael currently bills himself as a “Director/Editor” who works on everything from commercials and corporate videos, to short form content for new media.
This is his first season editing for Raw Travel.
It’s raw and it’s real, this is what coming from our hearts – this what we love to do. Raw Travel is made by people with love to travel, ordinary people like you and me, people who want to share their passion to traveling with the rest of the world!
Matthew Kurtyka has been a freelance graphic designer for Raw Travel since 2013. In 2014, he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Entertainment and Arts Management from Drexel University. He also has an Associate’s degree in Music Business, Business Management, and a diploma in Music Marketing and Technology.
Matthew is the president of Drexel’s Paranormal Investigation Group, has worked on several paranormal television shows, and conducts investigations with his organization in and around the Greater Philadelphia Area. He is a member of Delta Epsilon Iota, an academic honors society, and Kappa Theta Epsilon, a national co-op honor society. Matthew also has experience working with non-profit organizations, various film and television productions, and VIP festival operations.