Pie Town Productions (Los Angeles)
With some of the most broadcaster notations on this year’s Global 100 list, Pie Town Productions has very quietly produced a mammoth catalog of factual entertainment since its 1995 launch. In fact, Pie Town celebrated its 12-year anniversary in 2007 by completing its 3,200th episode of programming.
Sheer volume is one thing – and though it’s impressive, lots of prodcos manage to fund and execute a huge slate – but this producer has also managed to come up with some pretty notable titles over the years, including 2003′s Emmy-nominated A Baby Story for TLC.
Broadcasters realscreen contacted pointed to shows such as House Hunters and Secrets that Sell as 2007′s hits, and there’s no reason to think Pie Town won’t continue its quiet dominance in the factual entertainment realm on US cable well into the future. That’s likely, given the company’s philosophy. Notes co-principle Tara Sandler, ‘Even infotainment shows need an emotional core for viewers to connect to, and we take great care in crafting that emotional core on our series. We think it’s an important component in their success with audiences.’
Hours this year: 550-plus, plus webisodes
Recent titles: House Hunters, Landscapers Challenge, National Open House, Secrets that Sell
Current/upcoming titles: Myles of Style (HGTV), Rate My Space (HGTV), Summer Showdown (HGTV), Eat the Clock (Food Network), Value Boosters (HGTV) and many, many, many continuing series