Unscripted

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.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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