Natasha Chandel is an enterprising, passionate, award-winning creative executive and producer with experience working for top networks. The multi-hyphenate is also a comedy writer, performer, host and overall funny girl based in LA.
She most recently served as a CE in Current Programming at Disney’s Maker Studios, crafting digital series, led the New Formats team and managed the voice and 360-degree programming for all Maker Originals. She helped develop two 5-star rated apps including the Disney GIF app and James Franco’s Rando Franco. Natasha’s expertise lies in content strategy and development of scripted and unscripted programming. She has a full breadth of production knowledge, exceptional writing prowess, and an undying entrepreneurial spirit.
As such, she also hosts and produces the popular comedy dating podcast, Kinda Dating, where she and cool guests break down the dating world and try to figure out why we all have commitment issues! Some of her guests include: Bollywood superstar Sunny Leone, Facebook star Laura Clery, Time Person of the Year Dr. Wendy Walsh, Emmy-winning writers and more. Having produced over 75 episodes of content, Kinda Dating currently records at Starburns Industries (studio behind “Rick & Morty”).
The proud Torontonian is a graduate of Ryerson University’s acclaimed Radio and Television Arts program, having applied her skills at networks like Disney, FOX, and MTV News, where she has **interviewed some of the biggest superstars in the world (including Grammy winner Macklemore, “Modern Family” star Sophia Vergara to Bollywood’s Priyanka Chopra).
Natasha gained critical acclaim and a first-look deal with Viacom for creating, producing, writing, directing and starring in the hit web series, Mumbai Chopra: Misadventures of an It Girl. The coming-of-age comedy follows the antics of Mumbai Chopra – the sweet yet materialistic daughter of a spiritual guru who endures a video scandal and haphazardly finds enlightenment in her life. Natasha has helmed 3 seasons, 28 episodes of the series she says is like, “ ‘Clueless’ with a dash of culture.” TubeFilter called it “an under-the-radar series to check out.”
She also created, produced, wrote and directed her first branded series, The Can for Toter, an edgy family comedy about two neighbors who escape the madness of their homes by taking a daily man-date at the trash can at the foot of their driveways.
But her first writing and producing credit came at the tender age of 18, when Natasha wrote and produced the historical documentary, Happy Birthday Flowertown for Rogers Television that went on to win a Telly and Galaxy Award, the first for the network.
Her writing style has been described as hilarious, edgy and honest.
Natasha began her performance career in theater and improv and, has since, performed in various film, television, and new media productions. She is also a graduate of UCB’s core improv program and a recipient of their 2017 UCB Diversity Scholarship.
Natasha’s performance work has screened at over 15 film festivals worldwide, aired on the Sundance Channel and even in-flight on Air Canada. She has appeared on Hulu’s The Mindy Project, HBO’s How to Make it in America, CBC’s 11 Cameras and the film festival darling PRIA, to name a few.
If that’s not enough, Natasha was a dancer and instructor with the world-renowned Shiamak Davar Institute for over eight years, having performed alongside Bollywood legends Amitabh Bachchan, Aishwarya Rai and more.
Having dedicated her life to her craft, it is no surprise Natasha was identified as a “leading Protégé for creativity” by Lancôme, featured in the Mille Femmes exhibition honoring 1000 of the most creative women in the city of Toronto.
Lancôme Mille Femmes
Reel World Film Festival Emerging 20
Marty Award, Nomination Best Emerging in Media Arts
Houston Worldfest, Platinum Remy Best Romantic Comedy: PRIA (Lead)
TIFFg’s Sprockets International Film Festival for Children, Audience Choice Award: PRIA (Lead)
NBC Short Cuts Film Festival, Online Audience Choice Award: PRIA (Lead)
Yorkton Film Festival, Golden Sheaf Nomination: PRIA (Lead)
Galaxy Award: Happy Birthday Flowertown (Co-Writer, Associate Producer)
Telly Award: Happy Birthday Flowertown (Co-Writer, Associate Producer)
**Interview List (selects):
A Great Big World
“The Voice” winner Tessanne Chin
Zumba Creator Beto
Shah Rukh Khan