Meet Your Professors

Steve Schott

Steven Schott, Program Chair

Steven Schott has over 40 years of experience in production and distribution of motion pictures and television projects.  Steve's experience in distribution covers sales to theatrical exhibitors, television stations, home video distributors and cable companies all over the world, from feature films to half-hour television programs.  Steve has worked for leading Hollywood distribution companies like Telepictures/Lorimar and RKO Pictures as a salesman. 

In addition, Steve worked for CB Distribution Co. (Carol Burnett's distribution company), where he was responsible for all marketing, advertising, and contracting with the individual TV stations.  He has also successfully run his own distribution company. 

Steve's motion picture and television production experience includes movies with Sean Astin, Powers Boothe, Tom Arnold, Rachael Leigh Cook and Larry Miller in “The Final Season,” as well as movies with Dolly Parton, Valerie Bertinelli, Henry Winkler and Ken Wahl. 

In television, Steve has produced pilots, series and musical variety specials for CBS, NBC and ABC, including "Carol & Co." and "The Carol Burnett Show" for Disney Television, "The Building" and “The Bonnie Hunt Show,” both starring Bonnie Hunt and Executive Produced by David Letterman, and “The Jeff Foxworthy Show” for Brillstein-Grey Productions.  Steve has negotiated and worked with stars like Carol Burnett, Jeff Foxworthy, James Garner, Sean Astin, Christopher Reeve, Larry King, James Belushi, Powers Boothe, George Clooney, Tom Arnold, Haley Joel Osment, Terry Bradshaw, Tim McGraw, George Foreman, James Cromwell, Mariel Hemingway and many others. 

While producing, Steve has negotiated thousands of contracts, hired and managed thousands of people, and managed budgets ranging from a few thousand dollars to tens of millions of dollars. 

Steve spent 5 years as Vice President, Executive Producer for Hawthorne Direct, one of the top national Direct Response Advertising Agencies in America located in Fairfield, IA.  Steve is currently the President of his own production company, Big Schott Enterprises, Inc.  Steve is a long-standing member of the Producers Guild of America (PGA).

Steve has been an Adjunct Instructor at DMACC since the Fall of 2012.


Tyler Brinegar

Teaches: MMS 484 & 485 - Editing 1 & 2
Producer/Director Special Projects at Iowa Public Television

Travis Graven

Teaches: MMS 480 – Video Production 1
Producer/Director at Iowa Public Television