content consultant


    media training



  • Karen Ripenburg

    Producer I Executive Producer I Media Training

    TV Industry Pro

    I'm an unscripted TV Producer who’s been making my celebrity and executive talent shine for more than twenty years. I've worked for people like Dr Phil, Bobby Flay, Tori Spelling, and Zach Galafiankis, and networks like Discovery, ABC, CBS, History, Food, MTV, VH1 and OWN.


    I bring 20+ years of hard-earned Hollywood production know-how to help businesses tell their story by creating original video content that stands out.


    Photo: Karen Ripenburg with Dr. Jill Biden in March 2020

  • Storytelling

    Experience matters

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    I help you tell your story.


    I leverage my career as a broadcast journalist and producer to help brands create content that stands out.

    I help identify your brand's key visual elements that are so imperative when telling an effective and compelling narrative. Together, we determine the most effective way to bring your message to life through video that will retain your audience and explain your story.

    Story. Originality. Production. Professionalism. Authenticity.



  • Skills



    I bring more than 20 years of production expertise in unscripted TV for networks including ABC, Discovery, Food, Logo, History, HGTV, CBS, MTV, VH1 and OWN.

    Produce Original Video Content

    Produce TV quality remote interviews and stories for external and internal communications.


    Create original video content for brands with high-end production value, from a profile video on the landing page of a website, to integrated site video and social content.

    Zoom Training

    Provide tailored Zoom training to all employees to elevate presentation and professionalism via webinars. Includes technology recommendations, audio assessment, camera needs, setup of background, and basic presentation skills. This training will result in a polished and cohesive appearance that extends throughout the company.

    Transform Live Events into Virtual Experiences

    Use my TV production expertise to transform live corporate events and celebrations into impactful remote experiences that go well beyond the average virtual happy hour.

    Executive Zoom Training

    Offer targeted, individual Zoom consultations and media training with key employees to improve their physical and technological Zoom setup and elevate their Zoom presentation skills.

    Branded Zoom Strategy

    Analyse current Zoom practices and establish goals and parameters to create high-quality, consistent, and professional presentation representative of the brand.

    Zoom Technology Packages

    Create a custom technology package to be delivered to employees to ensure consistent, professional lighting and audio while working from home.

    Dynamic Zoom Presentations

    Consult and advise on best protocols to enhance interaction and engagement from clients while sharing materials via Zoom (slide decks, presentations, PDfs, graphs, etc).

    Convert Company Assets into Shareable Video

    Harness existing company content to create inexpensive, impactful, TV-quality video branding and storytelling via website, LinkedIn and social media. Using content from webinars, Zoom sessions, and interviews, videos are turned into brand stories, expanding viewership and engagement from new and existing clients.

  • Television Credits

    Late World with Zach Galafianakis

    Tori & Dean Inn Love

    Dr Phil

    The Doctors

    MTV Movie Awards

    Golden Globe Awards


    Ask Oprah’s All Stars

    BBQ with Bobby Flay
    Be Good Johnny Weir

    Out of the Wild: the Alaska Experiment


    Strictly Dr Drew

    Dating in the Dark
    Who Gets the Dog?

    Berman & Berman


    Operation Style
    House Beautiful Television

    Birth Day Live
    Insider’s Garden
    Honeymoon Adventures

    The Turnaround
    Crafters Coast to Coast
    Look What I Did!
    UFO Hunters

    Stylemaker: Andre Leon Talley


  • How to Zoom Class for your business or organization
    How to Zoom Class for your business or organization
    How to Zoom - Executive Set-up
    How to Zoom - Executive Set-up
    FINE TUNE your video chat 30 minutes
    FINE TUNE your video chat 30 minutes
  • Video

    Videos with high-end production value without the Hollywood price tag

    Social media. Websites. Pitch Meetings. Fund raising. Presentations.


    From a profile video on the landing page of your website, to integrated site video and social content, your audience will know exactly who you are and how you can help them.


    Anyone can make a video, but few know what it takes to make a video that anyone wants to watch. That's where I come in. By creating thousands of hours of television and video content, I've developed a laser-sharp sense of story, and figured out the rules about why a video will sink or soar.


    Your video will benefit from the same skills that I've honed working on multi-million dollar productions, just with fewer celebrities, smaller sets and a much lower price tag. Through pre-production, shooting, directing, and final edit, you get a compelling video that has teeth.


  • Projects

    A selection of projects and editorials I've produced:

     Dr Jill Biden in San Francisco 2020

    Produced for The Hivery

    NASDAQ Entrepreneurial Center

    Produced and directed one year anniversary video

    NewCo Shift Dialogs

    Produced studio series featuring industry disruptors interviewed by founder John Battelle

    Be Good Johnny Weir

    Directed unscripted series for Logo TV

    Out of the Wild: The Alaska Experiment

    Produced survival series for Discovery

  • Media Training

    Presentations. Keynote speeches. Interviews. On-camera appearances.

    I have an extensive background in unscripted documentary television and digital production, working with CEOs, celebrities, entrepreneurs, athletes, professionals, doctors, babies, kids, animals and average folks who have never been on camera. From the big shot to the newbie, I’ve helped each develop their tone and improve their camera presence, delivery and watchability.


    I offer talent coaching to make you look good on camera and on stage. From finding the right wardrobe, to sharing my pro tips that will make you look polished, my targeted performance feedback will help you grow your confidence while public speaking. Options include script writing and editing, producing 101, on-set or on-location coaching, rehearsal, makeup, staging and lighting advice.

    Packages available.


  • How It Works

    The video process


    Find the Story

    We meet and I find out about you, your business and what makes you unique. We find the hidden stories that will connect you with your audience.


    Make the Plan

    I provide storyboards and a tailored shoot plan, including locations, interviews, b-roll so you and your team are in the know.


    Lights, Camera, Action!

    Time to shoot. Me and my film team do our thing and we capture your original content on film.



    I work with my editors to cull the footage to bring your story to life. We search for the most impactful and concise moments for the final cut.


    Video is Delivered

    You get your video in the format you need, for digital, social or broadcast distribution. Optimized for your platforms.

  • How It Works

    Media training



    During our initial meeting we outline your goals and determine where you need help, from preparing for an immediate event, to honing your presentation skills or investing in on-going coaching.



    We get busy! I work one-on-one with you, which may include: presentation skills, performance feedback, rehearsal, wardrobe, body language, script writing and reading, interview skills and tips on how to look good on camera.



    Contact me for pricing for: 2 hour session

    four hour session

    weekly or monthly coaching sessions

    on set or location visit, and in-home wardrobe advice. 

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    About Me

    Karen Ripenburg is from Vancouver, BC, Canada, but she and her family now reside in the Bay Area where she's lucky enough to have passports from both of her home countries.


    She lives for entertaining, traveling, rocking out, getting involved and making things happen.

  • Connect

    Let's collaborate!

    San Francisco Bay Area
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    Producer's Guild of America


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    British Columbia Institute of Technology

    Broadcast Journalism

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  • Recommendations

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    Grace Kraaijvanger

    Founder, The Hivery

    I learned so much from Karen's "How to Zoom Like a Pro" class. Her tips were actionable and could be implemented right away. The take-aways made me feel more confident on Zoom right away and I was able to better represent my brand. LOVED this class!

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    Jack Ryan

    Town of Tiburon Council Member

    Needing to influence a disparate audience, I was able to rely on Karen’s expertise to produce a high-impact but concise video. She helped distill content and execute on a high-quality production within a modest budget.

    Karen Ripenburg gave excellent, explicit ideas to make the Zoom video conferencing experience more live-looking and less distracting.

  • Karen in the media

    2020年3月15日 · work from home,video conference,zoom,video,coronavirus
    1. Background. Take a look at what is behind you when you see yourself on screen. Plants growing out of your head? Cheesy off-the-rack art? Overflowing garbage can and kids toys strewn about? It’s time to clear the clutter and present your most filtered self. Don’t give them a reason to doubt...

    Strategic Media Consultant

    Comprehensive video strategy development for companies

    Some of my video chat tips in "How to Zoom Like a TV Producer"

    Hacks to up your video chat game

    How to Ace Your Video Interview

    More tips for your remote job interview

    I teach “How to Zoom Like a Producer,” to executives, businesses and celebrities, and have worked for networks including ABC, Discovery, Food, HGTV, CBS, MTV, VH1 and OWN. I'm leveraging my production skills to offer virtual consultations with companies and employees to help them set up their video chat appearance and strategy so they project professionalism and confidence.