FEF Profile: A. Smith & Co. Production’s Arthur Smith

Arthur Smith, co-founder of A. Smith & Co. Productions, began his producing career at the age of 22, and is now one of the forces behind such top factual entertainment titles as Hell's Kitchen and Pros vs. Joes. He'll be among the A-list execs taking part in realscreen's Factual Entertainment Forum on June 2/3.
June 1, 2010

Beginning his career in TV production with CBC Network Sports at the age of 22, Arthur Smith co-founded A. Smith & Co. Productions with friend Kent Weed in 2000. The company has produced a number of hit shows, including the Gordon Ramsay-fronted Hell’s Kitchen and Kitchen Nightmares on Fox, ABC’s I Survived a Japanese Game Show, American Gangster on BET and Spike’s Pros Vs Joes. Smith continues to serve as executive producer on all of the company’s productions.

Besides producing, Smith works as a lead consultant with media and sports company clients such as Paul Allen and The Harlem Globetrotters and also sits on the boards of many sports organizations.

At CBC Sports, Smith was EP for three broadcasts of the Olympic Games. He was named head of CBC Sports at the age of 28. After the Ceeb, he moved on to the position of SVP of Dick Clark Productions, where he worked as a producer and EP for such programs as When Stars Were Kids, Caught in the Act and Battle of the Bands.

From there Smith went on to MCA Television Group as SVP in 1995. Just prior to forming A. Smith & Co., Smith was the EVP of programming, production and news at Fox Sports and was instrumental in leading the fast growth of the sports network. In his tenure, he launched 22 sports networks and acted as EP on thousands of hours of original programming each year.

Smith will be among the scores of top-level television executives speaking at realscreen‘s Factual Entertainment Forum, taking part in the Making the Deal panel, where experienced execs help shed light on the process behind making the right deal.

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