It’s hard to believe, but it’s been nearly a decade since the last episode of Make It or Break It blessed our TV screens. As we revisit the beloved series, we thought it would also be fun to take a peek at what the actresses behind our favorite TV gymnasts have been up to since they finished flipping for the camera.
For our final installment, we’re reviewing the resume of some of the show’s behind the scenes production team. Love or hate the show, we wouldn’t have it without these trailblazers.
Holly Sorensen: Creator/Executive Producer
After seeing through her iconic debut series to the end, Sorensen was involved in two major projects, both centering around teenage protagonists as her work on MIOBI did. She served as executive producer on Recovery Road, another teen drama on the same network, newly relabeled as Freeform. The show, based on a novel by Blake Nelson, centered on several teenagers in an addiction counseling center as they battled addiction and other related issues.
She now works as the executive producer of Step Up: High Water, a YouTube Premium series based on the Step Up series. This spinoff of the series takes place in an Atlanta performing arts school. She produces the series alongside former Step Up stars Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan. The series is currently casting for its third season.
Sorensen is active on Twitter.
Kerry Lenhart: Consulting Producer/Writer
Lenhart’s most recent project is a truly fascinating-sounding program called Kingdom Business, described by Deadline as a “gospel music industry drama.” It’s his first foray into Christian media after working on a far saucier program: the CW’s royal drama Reign. He also worked on the Hallmark drama series Signed, Sealed, Delivered about detectives who investigate mail that doesn’t get delivered to its intended recipients.
In addition to Sorensen, Lenhart is one of the few MIOBI production alums to have an active Twitter presence (yes, they’re mutuals). Like Johnny Pacar, he is a frequent commenter on cultural happenings.
Dan Shaner: Director of Casting
Shaner, comically credited on IMDb as both Dan and Danny, currently serves as an assistant professor in the School of Dramatic Arts at the University of Southern California. He is also the director of the Career Center and several workshops for MFA students at the school.
He has since been involved with projects such as Ringer, a CW series starring Sarah Michelle Gellar as twin sisters. He also casted The March Sisters at Christmas, a TV movie inspired by, you guessed it, Little Women. It’s available for free on Tubi.
Michael Suby: Composer
It’s hard to think of MIOBI without that iconic title sequence in which the girls throw themselves over the vault to an an intense bass. That bass, as well as much of the rest of the show’s music, was composed by Michael Suby.
Suby’s most influential post-MIOBI credit has to have been CW’s The Vampire Diaries. But the rest of his work has run the gamut of genres and networks. He’s done work on Kardashian spinoff Kourtney and Kim Take Miami and Lifetime competition show Under the Gunn, starring Project Runway alum Tim Gunn.
Greg Grande: Production Design
Grande, who came to MIOBI after working on Friends, is behind some of the series’s most iconic settings, including the Rock and those opulent mansions occupied by the girls and their families.
He is one of the few members of the MIOBI production crew to have ventured into mainly non-teenage geared media since the show wrapped. Two of the iconic shows on which he’s worked include Cougar Town and Melissa & Joey (as in Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence). However, he’s also has his share of time on other ABC Family/Freeform programs, including Twisted. Most impressively, he’s been nominated for two Art Director’s Guild awards.
Grande’s work can be seen on his website.
Pirate’s Cove Entertainment
I was particularly intrigued by this element of the Make It Or Break It universe given its stunningly bare bones logo that appears at the end of every episode.
The production company appears to have no website, but an IMDb search reveals that it’s also behind the iconic ABC Family drama Switched at Birth. Other than that, it appears to have no credits since the series.
Article by Katherine Weaver
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