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David Collins, award winning producer, gives insights into his career

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David Collins, an eight-time Grammy award winner, has been producing groundbreaking films, documentaries, television and streaming projects for over 25 years.

The common thread to his expansive body of work is that his projects give voice to marginalized populations and feature inclusive and omni culture content.

He, with his partner Michael Williams, created Scout Productions in 1994 – just five years after David’s graduation from Ohio University.

Scout Productions has gone on to produce Queer Eye for the Straight Guy for Bravo in 2003, Queer Eye for Netflix in 2018, Legendary for HBO Max in 2020 and his current effort in partnership with Amy Poehler called The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning for Peacock.

Collins says his award-winning company is provides culturally transformative and emotionally gripping content across multiple platforms with humor and heart.

He has two new series launching in May 2023.

An investigative documentary, The Secrets of The Hillsong Church, premieres on May 19 on FX and the following day on Hulu and “Merpeople” will open on Netflix on May 23.

David returned to Ohio University this spring to deliver the undergraduate commencement address and shared with WOUB’s Spectrum some insights into his education, his early career, and what keeps his company and his storytelling fresh.