Jon Wolf is currently the Co-Executive Producer of the new truTV show Adam Ruins Everything, developed from the CollegeHumor web series of the same name. Previous television producing credits include CollegeHumor’s Comedy Music Hall of Fame, a collaboration with IFC; The Britishes, a series for DirecTV’s Audience network; and the pilot episode of Middle of the Night Show for MTV.
Wolf first worked with CollegeHumor in 2009 as an intern, and joined the staff full time in 2011 as a production coordinator. While at CollegeHumor/Big Breakfast Wolf produced more than a hundred CollegeHumor Original videos, garnering billions of views and multiple Webby and Telly Awards. He has animated videos that have appeared on CollegeHumor’s CH2 and his own YouTube channel, and produced music videos for the bands Filter and State Champs. Originally from Marlton, New Jersey, Wolf graduated from Drexel University with a degree in Film and Video. He currently lives in Los Angeles.
What's the one thing you didn't do that wish you had while at Drexel?
I wish I had studied abroad. In addition to my FMVD major and Screenwriting minor, I picked up a Spanish minor I didn't fully utilize. If I had planned it better, I would have spent a quarter in Spain, studying the language and getting to know the Spanish cinema and animation community.
What's the most important thing you learned at Drexel that benefits you now?
As a producer, I'm only as strong as my rolodex (or contacts app). I need to know a lot of smart, talented people above and below the line, and I learned that I needed to make those connections at school. Film school should be as collaborative as possible - my advice to current students is to go out and work on as many of your friends' projects as possible, even if it's just as a PA. You'll learn so much on set, and maybe more importantly, make your network one more callsheet deep.
Where are you looking to be in the NEXT five years?
In five years I'm hoping to be in a nice two-bedroom that allows me to own a dog and/or cat. But the LA housing market is so crazy right now - it's one of the worst cities in the country in terms of average income to rent ratio - I'm just not sure that I can afford to move. Hopefully in five years that'll change.
Who is the coolest person you've met in your current job?
Adam Ruins Everything brings on the program some amazing academics and experts to help lend credence to our arguments, and I've met many fascinating people through the show. One of them, Daryl Atkinson, is someone I consider to be a real-life superhero. He was arrested for a first-time non-violent drug crime, but after his release from prison he got his bachelor's, studied law, passed the bar in multiple states and dedicated his life to combating the problems with the American justice system. He's currently working with the Justice Department as their first-ever Second Chance Fellow, and will appear on an upcoming episode, Adam Ruins Prison, as well as on the Adam Ruins Everything podcast.
What do you think is the most important thing to know about the industry now?
Even though the television market is so big now, with so many networks and SVOD outlets vying for an audience, there are still so many opportunities out there for someone with a great story, whether in scripted or non-scripted. I just read an article about how the Fixer Upper finale on HGTV got almost four million live viewers. That happened because it's a show with characters that audiences love. Despite not knowing whether it's going to air on CBS or HBO or Amazon or go90, I feel confident that to audiences, and therefore to the networks, story and characters are still key.