Christopher Spry knew from a young age that he wanted to be an actor, but his dream eventually detoured to simply working in television.
The screening process of the many opportunities indigenous to the small screen steered him around the country before Spry landed in New York City.
There, the 29-year-old St. Charles North High School product works as executive producer for Hudsun Media, a multi-platform production company that caters to Spry’s many interests and eclecticism.
“I get very passionate about television,” Spry said. “I get really excited to leave a mark in some way.”
Spry works closely with network executives by pitching potential programming after coordinating ideas surrounding the shows. He beams while discussing the upcoming ABC contest series “The Toy Box” and the role he played in aiding in its development. He’s tickled not only by the premise – toy inventors pitch their products to children, with the winner getting a manufacturing deal from Mattel – but also the very prospect of being involved with such a project while juggling numerous others.
For several years after his graduation from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, Spry was based in or around Los Angeles, operating as a freelancer for numerous networks and programs. To examine the résumé on his LinkedIn or Internet Movie Database page is ostensibly to engage in a miniature round of channel surfing.
Among other gigs, Spry has served as lead camera assistant/product assistant/associate producer for separate seasons of Bravo’s “Million Dollar Listing,” casting associate for Animal Planet’s “American Stuffers” and producer of WETV’s “Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best?” Some jobs lasted a few months, others for about a year.
His time on “Joan and Melissa” allowed Spry to build a relationship with late legendary comedian Joan Rivers, who died in September 2014 at age 81. Spry called Rivers “the ultimate dedicated person.”
“I’ve never seen anybody work harder than her. … We would sit there in the room while we’d be prepping, and she would talk to her assistant and go over every day for the next two months to make sure she had things booked,” Spry said. “She never wanted to not work. It was always, ‘What’s my next thing? What’s my next thing?’”
In some ways, Spry has followed suit. He chose Carbondale for its communications program and worked diligently in various on-air and behind-the-scenes facets for the campus TV station before pushing for internship opportunities.
“He was always adventuresome and didn’t mind trying something new, and always had to surge forward,” father Joe Spry said. “It’s served him well in this world and in this environment that he’s in.”
A confluence of events brought Christopher Spry to the East Coast. After traveling to Philadelphia for his grandmother’s funeral, he went to see friends in New York, where he met Hudsun CEO Michael Rourke. He immediately flocked to Rourke’s passion for the medium and innovation.
“We had a great meeting, because you could tell he was the same way,” Christopher Spry said.
Although he was merely lukewarm about his then-employment as a coordinating producer for a program at VH1, he still was tied to the project. Until, that is, Christopher Spry called Rourke to see whether he might have any openings.
He joined Hudsun in August 2014 in a development role.
“I loved the part of freelance where you would go from show to show, because it was something new and you become an expert in a new field every time you go,” Christopher Spry said. “And development was just like that with a shot of adrenaline. You were doing it every day. You were figuring out something new with a different world.”
Christopher Spry says he visits St. Charles whenever possible and lauds his former hometown as a wonderful place that he only left to pursue a dream. He said he’d be happy to provide any feedback to Tri-Cities high school students with “questions about how to make their life better through entertainment.”
He would know.
For more information about Christopher Spry, email Cspryentertainment@gmail.com.