Tinopolis-owned non-fiction prodco A. Smith & Co. Productions has named Caroline Baumgard as its new CEO.
Baumgard (pictured) previously helped launch and has served as CCO of Banijay Studios North America since 2014. While there, she was responsible for the development and management of all programming produced by the company, including Child Support for ABC, a game show featuring Ricky Gervais and Fred Savage, the upcoming ABC game show Don’t and the reboots of Temptation Island for USA Network and Wife Swap for Paramount Network.
Prior to Banijay, she served as an EVP at Endemol USA for 13 years, where she worked on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition (ABC), Wipeout (ABC), Fear Factor (NBC) and Deal or No Deal? (NBC), among others.
She replaces Tinopolis USA chairman and current A. Smith & Co. CEO and founder Arthur Smith, who will become chairman of A. Smith & Co. He will continue to executive produce several of A. Smith’s franchises in addition to his chairman duties at both A. Smith and Tinopolis (which includes Magical Elves).
Baumgard will assume the role in October.
“Caroline’s creative instincts and exceptional relationships are two of the many reasons why she’s the perfect person to lead the next chapter of A. Smith & Co. when she joins us this fall,” said Smith in a statement. “I have every confidence that she will build upon our hard-earned reputation for creating big, high-quality, fan-favorite franchises for broadcast, cable and OTT buyers across the ever-expanding universe of viewing platforms.”
“For Arthur to pass his CEO torch to me is a great honor and I look forward to building on the great success of the company by developing, selling, and producing even more global hits,” added Baumgard. “American Ninja Warrior is appointment television in my home. I’m not sure who is more excited about me running A. Smith & Co. as my next chapter, me or my kids.”
Meanwhile, Frank Sinton, a 14-year veteran of A. Smith & Co., has been named COO at Tinopolis USA, after holding the same position at A. Smith & Co. since 2011. He will also retain his role as president of A. Smith & Co.’s Dox division, which focuses on docs and factual programming.
“Frank has been my closest confidante and a tremendous leader at A. Smith & Co. for well over a decade,” said Smith. “Expanding his role to include more oversight across the Tinopolis USA group of companies will immediately confer so many benefits to the broader team from his considerable expertise, and the TV ecosystem at large. Frank’s capabilities and grace cannot be overstated, and I’m so happy to continue working with him.”