Animal Planet heading to the swamp and the barn

The U.S. cable net is working with Original Productions and Leftfield Pictures on two new series, with a previously announced series from Pilgrim Studios having completed production.
January 30, 2013

U.S. cable net Animal Planet is moving into the “swamp” and “stuff” spaces with two series announced today (January 30).

Leftfield Pictures is the team behind Swamp’d, an 8 x 30-minute series set to premiere in the spring. The program follows the action at P’Maw’s Bait Shop, a store that serves the small community of Pierre Port in Louisiana, and captures the relationships between various characters, including shop-owner P’Maw himself and his family.

Brent Montgomery, Dominick Pupa and Will Nothacker are the executive producers, and Meredith Voges is the supervising producer for Leftfield Pictures. For Animal Planet, Keith Hoffman is the executive producer. Kurt Tondorf and Todd Weiser are the development execs for Animal Planet.

Meanwhile, Original Productions’ Money Barn will showcase “the great and not so great stuff generations have been stashing in American barns,” according to the network. The show follows assorted auctioneers as they search through barns for discarded heirlooms, and the process by which they sell themselves to the barn-owners in order to gain access to the goods. The series premieres in February.

Thom Beers, Philip David Segal and Jeff Conroy are the executive producers with Steve Robillard as co-executive producer. For Animal Planet, Dawn Sinsel is the executive producer. The series development exec for Animal Planet is Kurt Tondorf.

The shows join the previously announced Top Hooker from Pilgrim Studios, which pits two teams of expert fishers against each other in a series of extreme fishing challenges. The eight-part series premieres this summer.

Craig Piligian, Ralph Wikke and Mitch Rosa are the executive producers for Pilgrim Studios. For Animal Planet, Keith Hoffman is executive producer. The series was developed by Animal Planet’s Charlie Foley and Kurt Tondorf.

“We’re excited to collaborate with some of the best production partners in the business,” said Animal planet president and general manager Marjorie Kaplan.  “These projects continue to push the range of stories we have to tell our audience.”


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