Turner Rewind 2018: Best of… Employee Stories

It’s that time of year again. Cue the holiday music, endless eggnog, and of course, the quintessential holiday specials. We, here at Turner, have our own month-long holiday extravaganza to kick off. So, gather round the yule log and join us, as we take a look back at some of Turner’s best stories, videos, and photos of 2018. Read up on some of your old favs or check out ones you might have missed.

First up… drum roll, please – in no particular order – here are the Best Employee Stories of 2018.


Gary Freedman

TCM Assistant Director and Senior Producer Gary Freedman loves traveling, superhero flicks, and Oreo cookies. He also loves fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, which is why he’s so passionate about his latest project. Read Freedman’s story here.


Joe Sutton

Not many people can say they grew up at a national news network. Meet Joe Sutton, the fashion-forward, baby-faced news editor who’s spent half his life working at Turner. Check out Sutton’s story here.



Turner Veterans

Turner spent an afternoon with five Turner employees and former veterans – from the Iran hostage crisis to the conflict in Afghanistan – to discuss their lives and experiences in the military. Go here to read their inspirational stories.


Rosalie Swedlin

Earlier this year, Turner featured a series called “The Badass Women of TNT.” Executive Producer Rosalie Swedlin from “The Alienist” talked to us about the show’s Emmy hopes and offered up advice to women in the television industry. Read more about this Turner badass here.



Janine Sherman Barrois

In another installment of “The Badass Women of TNT” series, Janine Sherman Barrois is not just any television executive producer. She’s the showrunner for TNT’s hit show “Claws.” Read more here about her badass career as a successful, creative mind in Hollywood.


Ammar Al Badran

CNN Airport Network Associate Producer Ammar Al Badran’s story is the true American dream. He came to this country as a refugee in 2013 and worked as a doorman at the Omni Hotel in Atlanta just to be close to CNN – his dream job. Read more here about his journey from Iraq to the U.S. and the chain of people who led him down the path to where he is today.


Angie Castillo & Jessica Dunne

For National Volunteer Week, Turner featured two employees who do lots of good for their communities. Learn more about Angie Castillo’s work with a local animal shelter and Jessica Dunne’s work with a local wildlife organization here.


Liz Randall

If Liz Randall had listened to a high school counselor instead of believing in herself, the second-generation Mexican-American immigrant may have ended up on a completely different path than what she’s on today. In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the director of corporate strategy & innovation at Turner, reflects on her past and how far she’s come. Check out Liz’s story here.


Colleen Sullivan

Turner Sports’ Colleen Sullivan was selected as Turner’s Working Mother of the Year for “Working Mother” magazine. The mother of three describes her life as a “game of Tetris.” Learn more about how she balances it all here.


Marisa Bank

You could consider Marisa Bank something of a triple threat. A Turner Studios sports production coordinator, photography enthusiast, and newfound fitness guru. Learn how she went from “zero fitness experience” to competing in triathlons here.  


Be sure to check back each week for a new feature from the past year: 

Week of Dec. 10 - Best Videos of 2018,  Best Photos of 2018

Week of Dec. 17 - Turner in the News 2018