US: Hybrid Films

Hybrid Films
April 1, 2006

Hybrid Films
New York, US

Hybrid Films must be doing something right. Its flagship show, Dog The Bounty Hunter, about a leather-clad family of bounty hunters, has been airing on A&E – formerly known as the home of the blue-rinse set – to wide acclaim and copious press. Dog drew 1.7 million viewers in its second season, half of them aged 18 to 49, so it was a no-brainer for A&E to sign on for a third round. (For more on A&E’s sked tinkering, see the February/March 2006 issue of realscreen.) Hybrid co-founder David Houts says a key factor in working well with the cable nets is ‘a lot of very clear communication’ before shooting starts. ‘Everyone should be on the same page when you start to shoot,’ he says. ‘Then, when you get to the rough cut it becomes collaborative, not antagonistic.’

Recent titles: Dog The Bounty Hunter, Family Plots,, Take This Job
Hours this year: 18
Upcoming includes: Dog The Bounty Hunter, season 3 (A&E), King of Cars (A&E), and others

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.