Jay Holzer is the Head of Programming at Tastemade and is responsible for overseeing programming and technical operations for the brand’s streaming networks, as well as developing and maintaining the visual and creative identity for all on-air content. Jay has been a part of the Tastemade team since inception in 2012, when he began as the head of production, overseeing all creative development and production for the company from its first video to where it is now. In this role, Jay co-created some of Tastemade’s early successes such as Thirsty For (2014 James Beard Award winner) and the cult hit, Raw. Vegan. Not Gross.
In 2016, Jay became Tastemade’s global head of production and development, leading the teams responsible for production, development, and casting of the original and branded shows on Tastemade’s global network, including both television and feature documentary projects. In this role, he also launched physical production studios in four countries across Europe and South America.
Previously, Jay served as head of production at Demand Media, a digital media company that had an IPO on the NYSE in 2011. Here he oversaw the production department, creating thousands of original videos every month. Prior, Jay co-created an early video content startup that pioneered high-scale, distributed content production.
Jay grew up in Austin, TX and went to film school at the University of Texas. He now lives in Los Angeles, CA with his partner and their three children.