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The Conlin Company

Conlin owns and operates The Conlin Company, a full-service casting, development, and production company in Los Angeles, with additional resources in New York and Europe. Conlin specializes in casting, development and production of reality television shows, host and expert casting, commercials, films, documentaries and campaigns.

Sheila Conlin is the Reality TV Casting Queen and is the owner of The Conlin Company

Conlin has functioned in virtually every aspect of production: executive producer, producer, story producer, associate producer, line producter, production manager, and director of talent development and research. She has served as a producer and/or casting director for some of the most successful reality television series on primetime programming.


Starting out in the industry as Phyllis Diller’s tour manager, Conlin moved on to become a talent agent with Agency of the Performing Arts, representing music and comedy talent. Talent representation was a natural segue into producing and casting for clip, variety, and reality shows.
Conlin is considered a trailblazer in the reality television genre for her role in defining the criteria and developing the systems needed to bring real people to the TV screen. Conlin Also identified a niche for European production companies, leading The Conlin Company to provide casting and pre-production services in the U.S.


Conlin is a producer of FOX’s Kitchen Nightmares and Hotel Hell.  Additional producer and co-producer credits include:  Chef Academy (Bravo), Nanny 911 (FOX), Marriage 911 (FOX), It Girls (VH1), Guinness Book of World Records Primetime (FOX), Hidden Victims: Children of Domestic Violence (Lifetime), TV’s Greatest Christmas Moments (FOX), Oops: The World’s Funniest Outtakes (FOX), You Asked For It (NBC), and When Animals Attack (FOX).
Conlin is the casting director for some of the most successful reality television series on primetime networks (ABC, FOX, NBC):  Hell’s Kitchen; Kitchen Nightmares; Hotel Hell; Utopia, The Swan; Nanny 911; True Beauty; Secret Millionaire; The Moment of Truth; Worst Cooks in America; Food Court Wars 2; Paradise Hotel; Love or Money; Mr. Personality; Who Wants to Marry My Dad?; Forever Eden; and The Complex.
Other casting credits include (MTV, A&E, VH1, Discovery) The Girls of Hedsor Hall, Wake Up Call with Greg Behrendt, Super Group, Family Forensics, Ozzfest, Soccer Mom, and Once and Future City.


Sheila has been a moderator at Realscreen West 2012, and a panelist on “Casting Call” and “Developing The Story” at Realscreen 2014 and 2015 in Washington DC.  A panelist at the Nashville Screenwriters Conference and has lectured to broadcasters in China about reality television (BTV, Nanjing TV, ShenZhen, SMG, Hunan TV).  In September 2014, She was invited to conduct a master class on reality television at the first annual Doc & Factual Agora in Rome, Italy.