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Exclusive: AMPLE inks overall deal with John Henshaw

AMPLE Entertainment, the production studio set up by Ari Mark and Phil Lott, has signed an overall deal with acclaimed British executive producer John Henshaw. Based in Culver City, California, Henshaw (pictured) ...
January 18, 2018

AMPLE Entertainment, the production studio set up by Ari Mark and Phil Lott, has signed an overall deal with acclaimed British executive producer John Henshaw.

Based in Culver City, California, Henshaw (pictured) will work closely alongside Mark and Lott to create, develop and produce content in the unscripted space with an eye towards high-end docuseries for the North American and UK marketplaces.

Henshaw has previously linked with AMPLE on series for Discovery Communications, including as an executive producer on Investigation Discovery’s Murder in the Heartland and Discovery’s Cooper’s Treasure.

Previously, Henshaw spent five years at Studio Lambert and All3Media where he met Lott and Mark, producing such formats as AMC’s The Pitch, on which Lott was showrunner and Mark was AMC executive.

Henshaw’s production credits include CBS’s Undercover Boss, which he worked on with Lott, and Pivot’s Secret Lives of Americans, which he created; as well as Esquire’s The Runner-Up; WeTV’s Mystery Millionaire; A&E’s Be the Boss; OWN’s Trouble Next Door; and Lifetime’s Fairy Jobmother and Three In Bed.

“John’s style and sensitivity as a showrunner is incredibly rare,” said AMPLE co-founder Mark in a statement. “He’s the perfect fit for fostering AMPLE’s devotion to handcrafted content. We look forward to continuing that relationship and helping him bring his unique vision to fruition.”

“With AMPLE, they’ve proven themselves as top flight and forward thinking producers, having created a unique filmmaker led culture where taking creative risks and pushing genre limits is a top priority,” added Henshaw. “It’s incredibly rare to really be able to handcraft projects and have the autonomy to do so.”

The news on the heels of an already busy year for AMPLE, with already 35 hours of new programming greenlit for 2018.

Since launching less than three years ago, the Los Angeles-based studio has produced more than 40 hours of programming, including A&E’s revival of true crime series Cold Case Files, produced in association with Blumhouse Television. The 10 x 60-minute series, narrated by Danny Glover, delves into a single case that’s gone unsolved for years. The original series premiered in 1998 and spanned 125 episodes, picking up two Emmys along the way.

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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