This Deutsch LA Strategist Will Soon Be a Jeopardy! Contestant

By Minda Smiley 

We’re noticing a slight, perhaps even niche, trend emerging as 2021 unfolds: Agency employees starring in ABC shows.

First we saw that Anna Redman, former Havas copywriter, is one of the contestants on this season of The Bachelor. (Update: She’s recently started a job as a copywriter at a company called Rational, so we assume she’s not this year’s winner.)

And today we learned that Donesh Olyaie, evp and group strategy director at Deutsch Los Angeles, will be on Monday’s episode of Jeopardy! alongside interim host Ken Jennings.


Whether or not he wins is still under wraps, but a spokesperson for Deutsch Los Angeles tells us that Olyaie said “being a branding expert helped him win some questions.” You can check out his Jeopardy! debut on Monday the 18th.

While not an ABC show, a highly anonymous source tells us that Kate Steinberg, also a former copywriter at Havas (she’s now lead writer at Ulta Beauty), recently appeared in the 12 Dates of Christmas, a reality series on HBO Max. We fact-checked this and it appears to be true.

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