Meet Your Professor(s)

Steven Schott

Steven Schott

Ankeny Campus
515-371-4187

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

Tyler Brinegar

Ankeny Campus

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

Tyler Brinegar is currently a Producer/Director at Iowa Public Television and has worked there for over 5 years. A graduate of Iowa State University, Tyler edited cable shows for HGTV and the DIY Network in Chicago and produced promos in a Chicago newsroom before returning home to join IPTV. In 2016 he created IPTV's award-winning digital first series "Greetings From Iowa". Tyler has also work at RIVR Media as an editor. Tyler lives in Des Moines with his wife Katrina and their two cats. Tyler has over 13 years experience in digital video production.

Travis Graven

Travis Graven

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

Travis Graven is a producer at Iowa Public Television. He helps produce and report for Iowa Press, Iowa Outdoors, IPTV’s Iowa Girls’ High School Athletic Union state championships coverage, documentaries and various live broadcasts throughout the year. He also hosts special programs and on-air fundraising segments and does occasional voiceover work for stories and programs.

Prior to IPTV, Travis was the multimedia and visuals editor at The Des Moines Register, a reporter/photojournalist at KCCI-TV, and a radio news anchor and disc jockey at KDLS-AM/FM. In addition to teaching at DMACC, Travis has taught multimedia journalism classes at Simpson College and AIB College of Business. He serves on the national advisory board for the Wartburg College Department of Journalism and Communication (his alma mater) and is a high school basketball official during the winter. Travis has over 13 years of experience in video and multimedia production.