City Media Meet the team

City Media is a full-service creative entertainment company delivering every aspect of a project from concept to completion. We specialize in creating award-winning compelling content through their fresh approach and expertise in casting, development, and production.

We have also built a successful digital marketing department, specializing in building brand partnerships that organically cultivate and grow targeted audiences for their respective clients.

Rebecca Reczek

Principal

As a proud Los Angeles native, Rebecca was born with an unwavering determination to accomplish whatever she set her sights on. Raised in a tight knit family who taught her the value of hard work, her father came to the U.S. to pursue the “American Dream.” From him, Rebecca learned the art of the hustle, acquiring a strong business sense and street smarts, while developing a spirited desire to one day become her own boss. Living in the film and television mecca of the world, the entertainment industry has always been in her blood. After obtaining her degree in Management and Economics from the University of California, San Diego, Rebecca knew she was destined to start her own business and she made it her mission to do just that. She began working in the world of reality television casting and has never looked back. Her expertise in business management gives her the ability to craft a unique model for success in every project she undertakes. Always hungry for the next big challenge, Rebecca’s resume spans shows for 14 different networks, including game shows such as Don’t Forget the Lyrics, and Duel; dating shows including Baggage and Must Love Kids; competition shows such as America’s Toughest Jobs and Bullrun; and social experiment shows including Trading Spouses. After teaming with Jodi Thomas to form City Media Entertainment in 2011, Rebecca has taken her skills to the next level through casting such shows as FOX’s The Four: Battle for Stardom, NBC’s Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris and FOX’s Superhuman, just to name a few. When she isn’t working on a show, you can find Rebecca socializing with friends in Hermosa Beach or strengthening her L.A. roots by connecting with family.

Jodi Thomas

Principal

Jodi comes with a wealth of experience in pilot and series casting. Her diverse credits include game shows such as Deal or No Deal; competition shows like The Biggest Loser and Beauty and the Geek; dating shows such as Tough Love and Age of Love and docu-series like Extreme Weight Loss. Before discovering her love for reality television in 2004, Jodi came from a background in public relations and high-profile event production working in conjunction with the Emmys, People’s Choice Awards, ESPY’s and Golden Globe Awards. Her extensive experience with the public and media has given her a one-of-a-kind edge in developing creative strategies and targeting niche casting pools. Jodi first discovered her talent for interviewing and finding captivating personalities while working as a news reporter for an NBC affiliate while attending college. She graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and continued her career at the local news station. She moved to Dallas and quickly began building experience in cable and network television, working on scripted shows such as Walker, Texas Ranger and PBS’s Wishbone series. To this day, she holds a sharp production sense and unwavering passion for entertainment, industry networking, project development and website design (her personal passion). Since forming City Media Entertainment with Rebecca Reczek in 2011, Jodi has refined her skills through the casting of such shows as FOX’s The Four: Battle for Stardom, NBC’s Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris and FOX’s Superhuman, just to name a few. When Jodi isn’t working in the office or in client meetings, you can find her at home in the South Bay spending time with her son, Bronson.

DJ Feldman

Principal

With more than 20 years of entertainment industry experience, DJ has developed a diverse skillset, allowing him to constantly adapt to the ever-changing needs of the entertainment industry. After graduating from Ohio State University with a degree in broadcasting, DJ packed up his car and headed west to Los Angeles, where he began pursuing a career as a sports and entertainment reporter. After a few months in LA, he switched paths and began performing stand-up comedy at various local clubs and venues, opening up for some of his favorite comedians. One thing led to another, and DJ was hired to work for the legendary comic, Garry Shandling, as a production assistant on the hit HBO series, The Larry Sanders Show, at CBS- Radford. He also worked in television and feature development at Jason Alexander’s company, AngelArk. After several years in scripted TV production, DJ entered the world of unscripted casting, where he worked on the hit game show The Weakest Link in 2001, as well as the CBS reboot of Star Search where he served as the Comedy Talent Producer. He joined the casting team of the NBC weight loss series The Biggest Loser, where he worked for 15 seasons. He has also helped cast other major reality franchises, including Beauty and The Geek, America’s Got Talent, American Ninja Warrior, Bar Rescue and Extreme Weight Loss. His personal passion for sports and wrestling have served DJ well during the casting of competition shows such as Pros vs. Joes, Shaq Vs., and 4th and Long with Michael Irvin. He has also served as a consultant for WWE, having “discovered” several current and former stars on WWE’s Tough Enough, RAW, and Smackdown. DJ has truly come a long way since his days as an assistant on the CBS lot. He married the love of his life, Megan, in 2013, and four years later, they welcomed their son into the world. When he isn’t working on a show, DJ can be found spending time with his family, hiking, watching the WWE network and reliving his youth by going to 80’s hair metal band concerts.

Josh Thrower

Team Manager

Originally from Colorado, Josh grew up in the Rocky Mountains playing basketball and football and spending time enjoying the great outdoors. He earned his degree in Film Studies at The University of Colorado at Boulder. Josh has worked in the Los Angeles film & television industry for more than a decade, in casting, production, and performing. He’s a long-time member of SAG-AFTRA and has worked in front of the camera on shows such as The Young & The Restless and was a series regular on the Daytime Emmy-nominated digital drama series Winterthorne. Josh joined City Media Entertainment in 2015, but has worked with Rebecca Reczek since 2007. His skillset ranges from office coordinating and audio/visual expertise to digital marketing, copywriting, and project management. Aside from his professional passions, Josh is a self-proclaimed aficionado of all things rap and hip-hop. He’s admittedly a huge Tupac fan as well and can recite the lyrics from nearly all his songs. When Josh isn’t working on a show, you can find him spending quality time with his girlfriend, Crystal, out in nature hiking, camping, running marathons and exploring national parks.

Sarah Michelson

Brand Partnerships / Social Media

Growing up in Miami, Florida, Sarah was surrounded by a diverse melting pot of arts and culture from a young age. Singing was always her first love and she knew from the first time she sang for an audience that the entertainment industry would be in her future. She eventually received a music scholarship from American Heritage, a prestigious performing arts school, where she continued to cultivate her talent. This opportunity led her to win many vocal awards across the country, as well as on a global level, when she performed for more than 15,000 people in the Philippines. She was also featured as an Emerging Artist on MTV Asia. Sarah went on to attend UCLA and Musicians Institute to further hone in on her craft. While working on degree in Ethnomusicology, she began posting videos on YouTube and quickly earned more than 200,000 views on her first video. She soon signed with a popular YouTube network and quickly fell in love with the business side of music. She loved working behind the scenes and saw where the future of entertainment was headed. She began developing creative concepts with talent and soon attracted brand partnerships with premium beauty, lifestyle, and fashion digital influencers (1 million to 10 million+ subscriber range). Through her digital marketing management experience with several leading networks and studios, Sarah has accelerated her skillset in helping well-known influencers partner with brands such as L’Oreal, Sephora, and Postmates, among others. She has overseen events, red carpets, and meet & greets at VidCon, BeautyCon, Playlist LIVE, Generation Beauty, Coachella, and more. Sarah continues to focus on building cross-promotional business relationships, as she joins the City Media Entertainment team. She brings several years of entertainment industry insight and digital branding experience to the table, already proving to be a valuable asset as City Media strengthens its’ efforts on all aspects of the industry. When Sarah isn’t building digital relationships and coordinating large-scale events, she can be found singing for L.A. audiences, traveling the world and strengthening her yoga/meditation practice, as well as deepening her connections to her family, boyfriend and close friends.

EXTENDED TEAM

Our hand-selected team of experienced professionals specialize in all facets of casting. We are skilled at seeking out the biggest personalities, captivating characters, artists, celebrities, hosts, experts and more.