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Thom Beers launches Original Productions Entertainment Networks

FremantleMedia-owned Original Productions (Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers) is launching a digital platform that will showcase the producer's library of content directly to viewers, tapping execs Philip D Segal (pictured left) and Gayle Gilman (right) to run the new venture.
June 14, 2012

Deadliest Catch indie Original Productions (OP) is launching a digital platform that will showcase the producer’s library of content directly to viewers, tapping execs Philip D Segal (pictured left) and Gayle Gilman (right) to run the new venture.

Original Productions Entertainment Networks (OPEN) will offer OP’s “extensive catalog and library direct to viewers in the digital world, as well as develop new content for online users for the first time,” the FremantleMedia-owned company said in a statement.

OP president and exec producer Segal will oversee the new venture, while signature series producer Gayle Gilman will serve as senior VP of OPEN, reporting directly to Segal.

“As producers,¬†it’s always been our goal to have a direct connection to our viewers and advertisers,” said OP founder Thom Beers.

“Recent technology advances have shown us that there are no boundaries, and the opportunities to create dynamic and innovative IP are limitless; so, we’ll need the most extraordinary digital minds and innovators as we build our digital¬†distribution portal.”

Segal added of Gilman’s appointment: “Gayle Gilman has extraordinary credentials in advertising, program development and production. She is the ideal choice as the executive to manage Original Productions proprietary show formats and ideas.”

Gilman recently wrapped America’s Lost Treasures, which she served as co-executive producer and series producer of and which is set to premiere on National Geographic Channel later summer.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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