“Duck Dynasty” producer joins A. Smith & Co.

Former Discovery Channel exec and Duck Dynasty producer Joe Weinstock (pictured) has joined Los Angeles-based prodco A. Smith & Co. Productions as its senior VP of development.
August 28, 2014

Former Discovery Channel exec and Duck Dynasty producer Joe Weinstock (pictured) has joined Los Angeles-based prodco A. Smith & Co. Productions as its senior VP of development.

In his new role, he will oversee the group’s entire slate of programming and develop new formats under the company banner. As previously reported, A. Smith & Co. is currently co-developing Ellen’s Design Challenge, and also oversees Hell’s Kitchen and American Ninja Warrior.

At Discovery, Weinstock served as senior director of development and as an executive producer, overseeing and developing shows such as Porter RidgeKodiak and Game of Stones.

Prior to joining Discovery, he was vice president of production at Gurney Productions, where he worked as co-executive producer on shows including Duck Dynasty, Auction Hunters and Hollywood Treasure, among others. Before Gurney, Weinstock served as senior director of original series for Spike.

“Joe is a proven executive with an exemplary history of creating hit shows across multiple genres,” said Arthur Smith, CEO of A. Smith & Co. Productions, in a statement. “With numerous new projects in development for a spectrum of networks, we are very proud to have Joe join our team at one of the most prolific times in company history.”

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