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Interview with John Zaffis and Rick
Sasson of "Haunted Collector" on Syfy 3/1/13
Moderator: Gary Morgenstein
March 1, 2013
1:55 pm CT
Gary Morgenstein: Hi everyone. Welcome to the Haunted
Collector Season Three Premiere Press call. I'm delighted to
introduce John Zaffis and Producer Rick Sasson. Hi guys.
Thanks for joining us.
John Zaffis: Thanks for having us.
Operator: Our first question comes from the line of Stacy
Roberts with Seriously! OMG? WTF! Please proceed with your
Stacy Roberts: Hi. How are you doing today? This show is
really a lot of fun.
John Zaffis: Thank you.
Stacy Roberts: What can we expect from this season? What
will you be looking into?
John Zaffis: Well, we're definitely doing 24 locations. A
lot of them are very unique because the key factor with
doing this to me is not only going in, investigating and
trying to see if there's something logical happening or
It's helping the people, reaching out to them, being able to
connect with them and hopefully trying to bring some
resolution on several of the different investigations that
we encountered, that we were involved with. To me that's
going to be the most important thing. And I think we're
going to see that more in Season Three than we did before.
Stacy Roberts: And, you know, in your history John, what has
been the most interesting case that you've investigated?
John Zaffis: Oh my gosh, they're all different. Each one is
very unique depending on the location, the people. There are
so many different things that's high end so it makes it so
difficult to just say one particular one is something that
stands out because each and every one of them is very
personal. And it makes it unique. And that's what stands out
about the investigations that we do to me.
Stacy Roberts: Thank you very much.
Operator: Our next question comes from the line Christiane
Elin with SciFi Vision. Please proceed.
Christiane Elin: I'm happy that you guys are back for Season
Three. Any other details that Rick could touch upon - is
there any kind of like format changes for this third season?
Rick Sasson: We really don't have any major format changes.
Just to echo what John said, I think that Season Three deals
a little bit more with the psychological and the emotional
connection of the clients to the cases. I think in our
previous seasons we dealt a lot with really cool objections
and the history and that's still very much part of what we
But this season I think you'll see a little bit more emotion
on the part of the clients. You know, they're going through
some degree of turmoil when John and the team arrive and
they're looking for answers. And I think in some of our
cases this season there was a little bit more of an emotion
connection between John and those clients.
So we're looking forward to that. But we still have a lot of
a cool history and we went to a variety of cool locations
like Puerto Rico. We were in Hollywood. We've been all
across Middle America and New York upstate.
We started our season at a horse farm in Montgomery, New
York with just a fascinating story about a woman who felt
that an angry spirit was going after her beloved animals.
And John like with many of the cases helped her out and she
really got some closure. So that's what we're looking
Christiane Elin: Great. Just a follow up question; John, you
have such a long history in the paranormal. And now you're
shooting this show. Like how different is it investigating
as opposed to like private investigations?
John Zaffis: Well it's very close. Again, you have to
remember there are cameras around and you're dealing with
different things. But as Rick will tell you and anyone from
our production team, it's very important to me to deal with
our clients, to deal with the people that are involved with
And I seen in Season Three where dealing not only with us,
you know, the talent on the show but the production team,
everybody involved was very open to understanding what these
individuals go through, how it happens and what we need to
do to be able to help them out. And I saw that really come
to the forefront in Season Three with production and
everybody pulling together to actually help the individuals.
And to me that's what it's all about.
Christiane Elin: Okay. Thank you.
John Zaffis: You're welcome.
Operator: And we have a follow up question from the line of
Stacy Roberts with Seriously! OMG? WTF!
Stacy Roberts: How do you think Haunted Collector differs
from a lot of the other paranormal shows that are on
John Zaffis: Well again, I think each and every one of them
tries to convey different things. And with me the most
important thing is after, you know, 40+ years of being
involved with this, I'm still in there. I'm still digging in
trying to figure out what can I do, what can we do as a team
to be able to help people and really get into the source of,
you know, the problem that is occurring and what is
So again, when I look at that, we deal with the items, we
deal with history, we deal with so many different facets of
being able to deliver the story so that the audience can get
a better understanding of it. That's been one of the major
complements that I've received over the length of time that
people like that that I'm in there. They're getting to hear
that person connection with John and a lot of my team
members with the people we're dealing with.
So again, that's an element, you know, that I can bring to
the show. I believe in what I speak on. I believe in what I
do. And a lot of people tell me they can see that in the
show and that's what makes us stand out from other TV shows
that are out there.
Stacy Roberts: And Rick, what attracted you to this show?
Rick Sasson: Me? I just love the paranormal as a story
telling canvas because there's so much to the unknown. And
really the way I look at John and what his team does it's
like they're out there to solve a mystery. And they get to
help people in the process. And that's what's so cool about
it because they can look at every individual case as, you
know, they're not going to go in assuming it's paranormal.
A lot of times they debunk certain claims and turns out that
one case may be more psychological and there may not be
anything to it. But a lot of times we do get certain energy
associated with an item. And it takes a little digging with
the history to sort of put all the pieces together.
And when we can do that and make the client feel like
they're better off than when John got there, we all have
this great sort of satisfaction and that's what makes doing
Haunted Collector so fun.
I mean I've worked on other shows where you have the fear
factor or you have the cool gadgetry but you don't have a
show where you could tell a full story with a beginning,
middle and an end, solve a problem and make someone happy
all at once. So that's why I love coming to work on the
Stacy Roberts: Very cool. Thank you again.
Rick Sasson: You're welcome.
Operator: And ladies and gentlemen, as a reminder, to
register for a question, please press 1-4 on you telephone.
We - your next question comes as a follow up question from
the line of Christiane Elin with SciFi Vision. Please
Christiane Elin: Hello again guys.
John Zaffis: Hi.
Christiane Elin: I'd like to say I know that there's been a
huge fan response out there and I just want to know have you
been able to take notice of that. I mean has - do you think
that's helped out the show to you, you know, to secure
John Zaffis: Well, we're still working on this one. We're in
Ohio still filming right now. Then we go into Massachusetts
to do our final shooting for this season here. And who knows
what the future may hold?
Rick Sasson: Yeah. I mean we've been noticing more and more
people talking about the show especially on social media and
we think that's a great thing. And the cool thing about
Haunted Collector is that so many people can relate to it
because everybody, you know, watches the show and they look
around their own house and say like, wow, I wonder if some
of the stuff I have here - I don't really know the history
of it. And what could work, you know, within the various
items. Everyone can kind of relate to it, so.
Christiane Elin: And just - and one more thing is that and
John's museum is that going to be featured on the show at
all this season?
John Zaffis: Well here again we have more in there. We talk
about a few of the items that are based in there that I've
removed over the course of years. We're showing a little bit
more. Amy and Chris are a little bit more involved with
watching some of the things that I'm doing and how I'm doing
Yes, I wish there was a little bit more in there on the
museum but it makes it difficult and, you know, but you will
see more than you did in the other two seasons.
Operator: And our next question comes from the line of
Patricia Didelot with Right Entertainment. Please proceed
with your question.
Patricia Didelot: I have a question for John. How do you
find leads for the featured stories that you have on the
show? Do you like actively seek them out or do people come
John Zaffis: It's both. We definitely look for locations,
you know, that are out there. We try to find things that,
you know, haven't been done before or different types of
scenarios where, you know, we can have a lot of history and
items and different things that are tied in.
So the show does actively canvas for cases out there and
there are cases that I have submitted for the TV show.
Several of them that we did I think Rick would be in
agreement with it that are going to turn out to be some very
good episodes this season.
So it really comes from a variety of different ways that the
cases do come into Haunted Collector.
Rick Sasson: Yeah. Just to echo that the more the show gets
out there, people see it, then we get more people submitting
and writing in and certainly John has a bit reserve of
people who are looking for help. And, you know, the key
factor is just getting families that are really dealing with
this. It's a real show and we don't, you know, deal with
people who just want to be on television. It's all about the
And yeah, you do want a good backdrop and good location but
ultimately we look for the best all around stories.
Patricia Didelot: Okay. Thank you.
Gary Morgenstein: Thank you all very much for joining. John,
Rick, thanks so much. Wednesday, March 6 at 9:00 pm, Haunted
Collector Season Three returns. Thank you everyone.
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