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A. Smith & Co. launches doc and ent divisions

American Ninja Warrior producer A. Smith & Co. Productions has expanded its factual footprint by launching two new divisions for documentaries and entertainment programming. A. Smith & Co. Dox will serve as the ...
November 14, 2016

American Ninja Warrior producer A. Smith & Co. Productions has expanded its factual footprint by launching two new divisions for documentaries and entertainment programming.

A. Smith & Co. Dox will serve as the company’s new documentary and factual programming arm, producing such titles as Unsung, Inside the Label and ESPN’s Sport Science, which was recently renewed by the network for an eighth season. Base Productions founder John Brenkus remains as executive producer and host of Sport Science.

The company’s documentary division, which will be led by A. Smith & Co.’s Frank Sinton (left), has extended its partnership with Strong Eagle Media to continue developing doc films in a first-look copro deal spanning multiple projects.

The doc unit is the end result of a merger between A. Smith & Co. Productions and its sister firm Base Productions.

A. Smith & Co. Entertainment, meanwhile, will house the production house’s entertainment titles, including Hell’s Kitchen and American Ninja Warrior.

Toby Gorman  (right), formerly executive VP of alternative programming at FremantleMedia North America (FMNA), will lead A. Smith & Co. Entertainment as president.

During his tenure at FMNA, Gorman oversaw such alternative primetime projects as To Tell the Truth, Match Game, Celebrity Family Feud and Mat Franco’s Got Magic. Prior to FMNA, he served as co-exec producer and showrunner on NBC’s Hollywood Game Night and The Winner Is, as well as Fox’s Mobbed. He also worked as a supervising producer for shiny floor entertainment series American Idol in seasons eight and nine.

Both divisions will exist under the A. Smith & Co. Productions banner, which will continue to be led by CEO Arthur Smith, president Kent Weed and COO Sinton.

“With our award-winning productions across both the entertainment and documentary space and continued growth in many genres, we decided to service our clients with two beefed up divisions,” said Arthur Smith, A. Smith & Co. Productions CEO and Tinopolis North America chair, in a statement. “With Frank Sinton leading the charge of Dox, and Toby Gorman at the helm of Entertainment, we are well positioned to increase our production of the most compelling content possible across broadcast, cable and digital.”

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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