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A. Smith & Co., Global Force to create wrestling format

American Ninja Warrior (pictured) producer A. Smith & Co. Productions has partnered with Nashville-based professional wrestling company Global Force Wrestling to produce a revamped wrestling format.
March 2, 2016

American Ninja Warrior (pictured) producer A. Smith & Co. Productions has partnered with Nashville-based Global Force Wrestling (GFW) to produce a revamped wrestling format.

Under the deal, the two companies will create a new wrestling format within the sport while providing viewers with dramatic storylines and exclusive access to their favorite athletes.

The as-yet-untitled series will unite international wrestlers from across GFW’s roster with the event production style of A. Smith & Co. programs, such as Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen and NBC’s forthcoming Spartan Race.

Founded in 2014 by former WWF and WCW wrestler Jeff Jarrett, the professional wrestling company is attempting to expand the wrestling industry by reinventing fan interactivity, storytelling and entertainment to engage audiences across multiple platforms.

Jarrett previously served as co-founder and president of Total Nonstop Action Wrestling (TNA).

“Global Force Wrestling is a complete reinvention of the sport that will really resonate with viewers – we’re taking what fans are traditionally used to seeing and flipping it on its head,” said Arthur Smith, CEO of A. Smith & Co. Productions, in a statement.

“All sports go through transitions, and wrestling is primed for its next evolution. We’re going to be adding a number of new features and elements that are going to completely change the entertainment level of the sport,” he continued.

About The Author
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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