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Yaniv "Nev" Schulman (born September 26, 1984) is an American TV host and producer. He is best known for the 2010 documentary film Catfish and the follow up TV series Catfish: The TV Show on MTV of which he is the host and executive producer.

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Schulman at the Obvious Child in June 2014
Yaniv Schulman

(1984-09-26) September 26, 1984 (age 35)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.[1]
Alma materSarah Lawrence College
OccupationProducer, actor, photographer, TV host
Known forCatfish
Laura Perlongo (m. 2017)
RelativesAriel Schulman (brother)

Early lifeEdit

Schulman was born in New York City. He has an older brother Ariel who is an actor and filmmaker. They are of German Jewish, Russian Jewish, Polish Jewish, and Romanian Jewish descent.[2]

Schulman started taking pictures and became involved with photography after having studied dance for five years. He attended Sarah Lawrence College, studying Photography and Dance from 2004 to 2006. Schulman has admitted that he was expelled from Sarah Lawrence College after punching a woman student.[3]


At age 19, he and his brother Ariel started a film and photography production company. In 2004, Schulman started photographing dance as he became involved with the contemporary ballet community in New York City. He is a founding member of the Young Leadership Committee for the youth organization, Leave Out Violence.

In 2010, Schulman became the subject of the documentary Catfish, filmed by Ariel and business partner Henry Joost, in which Schulman met and fell in love with a woman he met online. The premise followed Schulman on the journey of falling in love with a woman he meets on the Internet, but later finds out that she may not be exactly who she claimed to be.[4]

In 2012, Schulman became the host and executive producer of the follow up show Catfish: The TV Show for MTV, with his filmmaking partner Max Joseph, where he introduces couples in real life who have fallen for each other online but have yet to meet.[5]

Schulman has written a book, In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age (2014).[6] In it he gives both personal history and observations gleaned from his work on Catfish.[3]

In 2018, Schulman was suspended from his show following an accusation of sexual misconduct. Soon after, upon an investigation, the report of sexual misconduct was found to be "not credible" and the suspension was lifted.[7][8]

Personal lifeEdit

Schulman became engaged to Laura Perlongo on May 26, 2016. Laura gave birth to their daughter, Cleo James, on October 21, 2016. On July 22, 2017, Schulman and Perlongo were wed.[9][10][11] On January 9, 2019, Perlongo gave birth to the couple's second child, Beau Bobby Bruce.


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  2. ^ Lipman, Jennifer (March 2, 2011). "Interview: Nev Schulman". The Jewish Chronicle. Retrieved November 17, 2015. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ a b Roy, Jessica (September 10, 2014). "Sarah Lawrence Student Says Catfish's Nev Schulman Punched Her 'Repeatedly' in the Head in 2006". Retrieved August 29, 2017.
  4. ^ Ramadge, Andrew (February 11, 2011). "The other Catfish twist – Nev Schulman and Angela are still in touch a year later". News Limited. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  5. ^ Radish, Christina (August 7, 2012). "Yaniv "Nev" Schulman Talks CATFISH: THE TV SHOW, Which Chronicles His Trek Around the Country to Document Couples in Online Romances". Collider. Retrieved November 19, 2012.
  6. ^ Schulman, Nev (2014). In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age. Grand Central Publishing. ISBN 9781455584284.
  7. ^ Buckley, Cara (May 17, 2018). "Host of MTV's 'Catfish' Suspended After Sexual Misconduct Allegation". New York Times. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  8. ^ Guglielmi, Jodi (June 25, 2018). "MTV Resumes Production on Catfish, Calls Nev Schulman Sexual Misconduct Claim 'Not Credible'". People. Retrieved June 30, 2018.
  9. ^ Ossad, Jordana (May 23, 2016). "CATFISH WEDDING: NEV SCHULMAN IS ENGAGED!". MTV News. Retrieved May 23, 2016.
  10. ^ "Baby Boy on the Way for Catfish's Nev Schulman and Wife Laura Perlongo". Retrieved August 16, 2018.
  11. ^ "Baby Boy on the Way for Catfish's Nev Schulman and Wife Laura Perlongo". Retrieved August 16, 2018.

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