With shows such as Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares and Trading Spaces under its belt, adding Alan S. Winter as the SVP of production is a step toward the kind of expansion the A. Smith & Co foresees in its future.
‘One thing we do as a company is we try to always hire good people for our shows. And when we find someone we like we hang onto them,’ says Kent Weed, President of A. Smith. ‘Allan has done a number of projects with us over the last couple of years and he’s been very reliable, very loyal and extremely knowledgeable in many different facets of the type of shows that we do.’
Weed sites Winter’s diversified background — coming to the prodco from years as a writer, director and producer including field directing and producing from the launch of Extra and two seasons of Play Ball with Reggie Jackson for ESPN as well as the work he’s done with A. Smith — as a key reason he is the best candidate to keep their shows running smoothly, on time and on budget. ‘The decision was pretty simple,’ he says.
The company has been growing exponentially in the past two years, including the formation a division of the company called A. Smith & Co. Properties geared specifically toward the cable market, and with the increase in production the next natural step was adding someone to oversee the majority of the productions.
‘This is the first step in more expansion to come,’ says Weed.