Co-Producer / The Oprah Winfrey Show
Brian is a Co-Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show where he works with a team of producers brainstorming show ideas and working with guests. Brian also travels extensively to shoot footage for many of the shows he is producing. In the seven years that Brian has been with The Oprah Winfrey Show, one of his most memorable experiences was traveling across the country for 11 days with Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King as part of the team that produced "Oprah and Gayle's Big Adventure" road trip series.
Brian graduated from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University in 1992. He began his television career in New York City as the audience coordinator for The Sally Jesse Raphael Show, and went on to work as a producer on various television pilots. Brian was a supervising producer on The Jenny Jones Show and was part of the team of producers that launched the syndicated talk show, The Sharon Osborne Show.
When he’s not working at The Oprah Show, Piotrowicz loves watching old movies--Alfred Hitchcock films are his favorites. Piotrowicz also collects McCoy Pottery and enjoys spending time renovating and remodeling his turn-of-the-century Victorian home in Indiana.
Q: What season did you first start working at Harpo?
A: Season 18
Q: Did you always dream of working for Oprah?
A: Of course—who wouldn't?! I think if you're going to make daytime television your career, you might as well go for the best—and that's The Oprah Winfrey Show.
Q: How did you get this job?
A: Lisa, a senior supervising producer, called me out of the blue. We had worked together years before at a different daytime talk show. They needed someone with experience in a pinch and I happened to be between jobs. Blessed me.
Q: What were the first words that Oprah ever said to you?
A: She took me by the shoulders and said "Hello" and "Welcome." She also asked me where I had worked. She was genuinely interested in me.
Q: What was it like meeting Oprah for the first time?
A: Meeting Oprah for the first time is something you never forget. I saw her before I actually met her and it kinda took my breath away the first time.
Q: Working at Harpo, what has been the moment that most stands out for you?
A: There are three, actually. I was one of a handful of employees on the now famous road trip with Oprah and Gayle for 12 days. It was an incredible, life-changing experience from California all the way to New York. I went back with my parents and visited some of the places we saw on the trip. It made me love our country even more than I already did. The trip also bonded us Harponians for life. Second was the show we did on polygamy when we visited the YFZ ranch in Texas. We went there with Oprah, and it was like being on another planet right here in America. The people are amazingly disciplined and untouched by modern conveniences. Oh, and we got to fly back with Oprah on her plane! Finally, Australia. We just returned from there. It was a lot of hard work, but another life-changer. It truly is Oz...from the beauty of the city of Sydney to its friendly people, it was a trip I will never forget.
Q: Name a little known fun fact about you that others wouldn't typically know.
A: I once worked on a Buns of Steel infomercial!
Q: Share the best memory from a show that you worked on.
A: The moment when the "road trip ladies" from Boston drove onto The Oprah Show stage in our Season 25 premiere. That moment had been so anticipated that when it happened--and happened so perfectly--it was like an out-of-body experience. A feeling of great relief and joy. It's one of those moments that never gets old when you watch it again and again. It was great seeing the ladies in Australia. We screamed, hugged and kissed when we first saw each other. They are my friends now for life.