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Propagate, Charles Wachter to launch Hard Twenty

Los Angeles-based indie studio and Lore producer Propagate Content has partnered with Emmy-winning executive producer and showrunner Charles Wachter to launch a new production company, Hard Twenty. Wachter will serve as founder and ...
September 20, 2017

Los Angeles-based indie studio and Lore producer Propagate Content has partnered with Emmy-winning executive producer and showrunner Charles Wachter to launch a new production company, Hard Twenty.

Wachter will serve as founder and president of the LA- and Toronto-based prodco, which will focus on unscripted content and formats.

Under the deal, Hard Twenty will have an exclusive copro agreement with Ben Silverman and Howard T. Owens‘ Propagate Content, which will retain all international distribution rights for content developed by the newly minted shingle.

Hard Twenty will serve as the first label to launch under the Propagate umbrella.

Wachter most recently served as executive producer and showrunner of Apple’s Planet of the Apps, co-produced by Propagate and Apple, and was exec producer on MTV’s reboot of Fear Factor. His numerous television credits include ABC’s Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution, TBS’s King of the Nerds, and NBC’s Fashion Star and American Gladiators.

“We are committed to bringing the best storytellers and creators to Propagate, and Charles is one of the most imaginative format producers in the industry,” said Propagate co-CEOs Silverman and Owens in a joint statement. “With a long history of producing top-tier premium programming for all platforms, he represents a rare mix of creative inspiration and on the ground execution.”

“With their access to new markets and incredible talent and formats, Propagate is the ideal partner to launch with,” added Wachter.

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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