Realscreen’s Global 100 for 2016

The 2017 realscreen Global 100 list, showcasing innovation, business acumen and, of course, great content, is celebrating  11 years in publication. As has been the tradition since 2006, the list ...
April 5, 2017

The 2017 realscreen Global 100 list, showcasing innovation, business acumen and, of course, great content, is celebrating  11 years in publication. As has been the tradition since 2006, the list is painstakingly compiled by our staff using input directly from you — the producers, network executives, distributors, agents and others working in the industry. We put the call out for your votes on the non-fiction and unscripted programs and documentaries that you believe were the most original, best executed and just plain best productions of 2016, and the production companies behind them. And, again, you’ve responded with enthusiasm.

Some of the names here will be familiar — established veterans who’ve graced many a Global 100 list. Other companies, meanwhile, have earned a spot here for the first time, winning you over with their creativity and expertise in everything from natural history and science to social-issue docs and reality television.

Some things never change, however. Our intent, always, is to provide a snapshot of the past year in global factual content. We trust you will enjoy the results. — Darah Hansen, managing editor

(Illustration by Matthew Daley)


Headquarters: London  |
Number of hours produced in 2016: 150
Number of employees: 300 (including freelancers)
Recent/current titles: This Time Next Year, The Real Marigold Hotel (pictured), The Jump, The Home Game
Upcoming titles: Confessions of a Junior Doctor, Alex Polizzi’s Secret Spain
How do you reach an audience more efficiently? You cut out the middle man. Or in the case of Twofour’s This Time Next Year, you skip it. After the British prodco noticed that audiences for reality shows that hinge around a transformation tune in for the beginning and the end, they decided to ditch the middle portion of the show. The series instead revolves around viewers seeing 12-month transformations in a matter of seconds. Contestants chat with the host about a goal they want to achieve by “this time next year”, then walk through a door to reveal whether they were able to do it. Andrew Mackenzie, Twofour Group’s chief creative officer, called the concept a “genuinely new idea” in a previous interview with realscreen. Even before the show aired in November, Twofour had licensed the format into 30 territories. Premiering to 4.3 million viewers in the UK, the series has been picked up two further seasons by ITV1.

Last year also saw some major consolidation as Twofour Group merged production outfits Boomerang, Twofour Wales and Indus Films into one company under the Boomerang brand. Matt Pritchard, who oversaw development of the firm’s non-scripted production as director of development, became managing director at Boomerang. Sam Grace, who previously served as executive producer for Twofour Wales, was named director of programs.

On the way for 2017 is Give It A Year for ITV. The series will see fledgling businesses on day one as they open the doors on their venture. Fast forwarding straight through those first 365 days of trading, their success or failure will be disclosed right away as each owner is revisited to see how they have fared in that crucial make or break year. MK

Headquarters: Hampshire and London, UK  |
Number of hours produced in 2016: 39  |  Employees: 9 (plus production staff)
Recent/Current Titles: World’s Most Evil Killers, The Ivy, Murdered in the Line of Duty, Cut from a Different Cloth, Combat Trains, Mandela, My Dad and Me, The Krays: the Prison Years, Around the World in 80 Tricks
Upcoming: Combat Ships, Football: A Brief History by Alfie Allen (pictured)

Originally founded as KMB Productions by CEO Kate Beal in 2005, the ranks of this indie are populated by veterans from UK television giants BBC, Channel 4 and ITV. No wonder, then, that its productions exude a deft fluency in storytelling, whether they’re investigating historic high profile murders (Fred Dinenage: Murder Casebook), or considering actor Idris Elba’s relationship with South African anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela (Mandela, My Dad and Me). The indie specializes in factual programming and ranks as a leading producer of true crime programs in the UK. In the fall of 2016, Investigation Discovery in the UK ordered docuseries Murdered in the Line of Duty, which looks at high-profile police murders in the region over the past half century. Meanwhile, Pick, a Sky free-to-air channel, commissioned two true crime programs for 2017, Britain’s Most Evil Killers and World’s Most Evil Killers. Other genres that the indie is looking to expand into include premium documentaries, specialist factual and factual entertainment.  Jessica Mach

LOVE PRODUCTIONS (a bskyb company)
Headquarters: London |
Number of hours produced in 2016: 58
Number of employees:  70
Recent/current titles: The Great British Bake Off, The Great Pottery Throwdown, Rich Brother Poor Brother, Muslims Like Us
Upcoming titles: Medical Ethics: A Matter of Life And Death, Be Your Own Doctor, Master and Apprentice, An Extra Slice Series 4

There’s no tried and true formula for creating a show that’s guaranteed to win over audiences, but UK indie Love Productions certainly seems to hold the secret ingredient to success.

Husband-and-wife duo Richard McKerrow and Anna Beattie are the couple behind Love Productions. Since founding the company in 2004, the prodco has gone on to produce unscripted titles such as Benefits Street, The Baby Borrowers, Famous, Rich and Homeless, Make Bradford British and My Last Summer.

Love Productions is best known for The Great British Bake Off, heralded as one of the most successful shows on TV. The format — which is distributed internationally by British pay-TV network and parent company Sky — has been remade in 23 territories globally, including for the U.S., Australian, French and Irish markets. It’s heading to Canadian pubcaster CBC this fall.

The culinary competition series found itself in the headlines in 2016 when it moved from British pubcaster BBC, its long-time home, to competitor network Channel 4, which secured a three-year deal with Love Productions. Audiences were caught off-guard, and the hashtag #Breadxit trended on Twitter following the announcement. Despite the shock, the move proved advantageous for Love Productions — the GBBO deal was done for a reported £25 million (US$31mm) per year.

The first Bake Off program set to be broadcast on Channel 4 will be a celebrity version of the show in 2017, in aid of Stand Up To Cancer.

Other shows on tap for 2017 include the second season of The Great Pottery Throwdown (pictured), a documentary series examining life and death decisions and a specialist factual series around engineering. MK

SHINE TV (an endemol shine group company)
Headquarters: London  |  |  Number of hours produced in 2016: 146  |  Employees: 107
Recent/current titles: Masterchef, Celebrity Masterchef, Masterchef: The Professionals, Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls, The Island with Bear Grylls, Hunted, Secret Life of Prisons, The Force Essex, Mary Berry’s Easter Feast, Strictly Ballroom Boys
Upcoming titles: Mary Berry’s Secrets from Britain’s Great Houses, Council House Crackdown Series 3, The Force Newcastle

Led by managing director Tanya Shaw, Endemol Shine Group-owned Shine TV established itself in the top tier of UK production companies in 2016, via commissions such as BBC1′s Mary Berry’s Secrets from Britain’s Great Houses, which explores and reveals the inner workings of various stately homes in the UK; BBC’s culinary competition franchise Masterchef (pictured) and its star-studded spin-off Celebrity Masterchef; and Channel 4′s The Island with Bear Grylls, which pulled in an average audience of 2.62 million throughout its third season run. Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls also received strong ratings in its debut season, acquiring an average of 2.86 million viewers across its four episodes.

Season two of Channel 4′s competition-cum-thriller Hunted, meanwhile, delivered an average audience of 2.26 million viewers and a 8.5% market share (+28% above the broadcaster’s primetime average) across its two seasons. Season one served as C4′s highest-rated unscripted series launch of 2015 for adults 16-34 in the UK.

With offices in London, Manchester and Cardiff, Shine TV also bolstered its senior ranks across the factual and features departments with the promotions of executive producers Lorna-Dawn Creanor and Ben Mitchell. Creanor became head of features, a newly created post, while Mitchell took up the role of head of popular factual. DA

Arrow Media
Sherpa, See No Evil (with Saloon Media)

Atlantic Productions
David Attenborough’s Great Barrier Reef, Inside the Commons

Barcroft Media
The Outsiders, Body Bizarre

Blink Films
Raised Human, Ancient Mysteries

The Garden (an ITV Company)
24 Hours in Police Custody

Icon Films
River Monsters, Savage Kingdom

ITN Productions
Interview With a Murderer, Watani: My Homeland

Keo Films
The Last Miners, Exodus: Our Journey to Europe

The Traffickers, Captive

Lime Pictures (an All3Media company)
Geordie Shore, The Only Way is Essex

Lion Television (an All3Media company)
Pompeii: New Secrets Revealed

Mentorn Media (a Tinopolis company)
Robot Wars, The Jihadis Next Door

Minnow Films
Abused: The Untold Story, Improve Your Life Now!

Brtitain’s Biggest Adventures with Bear Grylls
London, Washington

October Films
Walking the Americas, Barbarians Rising

Optomen (an All3Media company)
Employable Me

Oxford Scientific Films
Dogs Might Fly, Secret Life of Growing Old

Plimsoll Productions
Life at the Extreme with Davina McCall

Plum Pictures
George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces, Millionaire’s Holiday Club

Pulse (a Vice Media company)
All These Sleepless Nights, When Bjork Met Attenborough

Raw TV (a Discovery Communications company)
Gold Rush, Race for the White House

RDF Television (a Banijay company)
Secret Life of 4, 5 & 6 Year Olds; Eat Well For Less?

Studio Lambert (an All3Media company)
Gogglebox, Undercover Boss

Syco Entertainment
The Investigator, X Factor (with Thames)

Thames (a FremantleMedia company)
X Factor (with Syco), Take Me Out

Wall to Wall (a Warner Bros. Television Prod. UK company)
Child Genius, Who Do You Think You Are?


Headquarters: Toronto  |
Number of hours produced in 2016: 70  |  Employees: 144
Recent/current titles: Love it or List it, Love it or List it Vancouver, Love it or List it Vacation Homes
Upcoming titles: Jillian and Justin

Canadian television isn’t lacking in global successes, but the number of franchised shows that come out of the country is a substantially shorter list. Enter Big Coat Media — a Toronto-based prodco that developed one of the most successful franchises in Canadian history. The Love it or List it format sees a realtor and home designer competing against one another to convince divided homeowners to either remain in their newly redesigned home or relocate to a different house scouted by the real estate agent. Joining its first spinoff, Love it or List it Vancouver,Love it or List it Vacation Homes (pictured) debuted last May. Big Coat also has global deals for the format. Kirstie and Phil’s Love it or List it debuted in 2015 in the UK. The format rights were also sold in 2016 to distributors in Australia, France, Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden and Norway.

This award-winning indie’s production stable also includes Ghosts In My Home, Animal Magnetism, Chef Worthy, Paranormal Home Inspectors and My Parents’ House. Up next, Jillian and Justin, which follows the lives of Love it or List it Vancouver and The Bachelorette Canada‘s Jillian Harris and her fiancé.

Big Coat bolstered its senior management team in July 2016 with the appointment of Christine Diakos as head of production. Meagan Kashty

Headquarters: Toronto  |  www.
Hours produced in 2016: Over 90 hours
Employees: 305 (includes freelancers)
Recent/current titles: Hockey Wives, Pardon My French, Pressure Cooker
Upcoming titles: 150th Playlist Live: Juno’s Edition, Canada: The Story Of Us

Toronto-based Bristow specializes in creating multi-platform content across all genres including scripted, lifestyle, reality, documentary and sports. The prodco’s hit Hockey Wives was recently greenlit for a third season by Corus Entertainment’s W Network after it landed among the top-ranked series on the network for women aged 25 to 54, according to Numeris data provided by Corus. The show found fans on iTunes Canada with episodes of Hockey Wives, which centers around the oh-so-Canadian lives of the wives and girlfriends of NHL hockey players, ranking as the number-one reality series on the media player, Corus notes.

More recently, Canadian pubcaster CBC commissioned the company to produce the forthcoming drama docuseries Canada: The Story of Us (pictured), which will broadcast as part of CBC’s original programming commissioned to celebrate the nation’s 150th anniversary this year (July 1, to be exact). The 10 x 60-minute series, based on Nutopia’s original format, explores the people, places and events that have shaped the nation, using techniques such as fact-based dramatizations, CGI animation and interviews.

The company was created in 2013 by broadcast executive and producer Julie Bristow, whose 20-year career at the CBC includes stints as executive director of factual entertainment, sports and Olympic entertainment, and studio and unscripted content.

The prodco recently appointed Marlo Miazga as VP of content. Miazga will work with Bristow to lead the production and development of content. Bristow says the company is now focused on growing its factual slate in two key areas: modern-history programming and the sports-adjacency space. It’s also set its sights outside Canada’s borders, with a push to expand internationally. To that end, the company has partnered with Jamie Oliver’s Fresh One Productions in the UK for development to bring its creative content across the pond. Selina Chignall

Cineflix Productions
The Detectives Club: New Orleans, The Deed

Force Four (an eOne company)
First Dates

Frantic Films
‘Til Debt Do Us Part, Still Standing

Great Pacific Media (a Thunderbird company)
Heavy Rescue: 401, Highway Thru Hell

Insight Productions
How to Change the World, Intervention Canada

Lone Eagle Entertainment
You Gotta Eat Here!

Media Headquarters Film & Television
Outlaw In-Laws, Canada’s Smartest Person

Omnifilm Entertainment
Jade Fever

Paperny (an eOne company)
This is High School, Chopped Canada

Proper Television
Tougher Than it Looks, Vegas Rat Rods

RTR Media
Income Property, Home Town

White Pine Pictures
All Governments Lie, Arctic Secrets


Headquarters: New York  |
Number of hours produced in 2016: 70
Employees: 215
Recent/current titles: Live PD, Black Ink Crew New York, Tattoo Girls, Hustle & Soul
Upcoming titles: Black Ink Crew Chicago, Live PD: Police Patrol

Big Fish Entertainment entered its 10th year with a series addressing the perceived lack of transparency among American police forces.

Live PD (pictured), a weekly 8 x 120-minute live docuseries capturing the action of six police departments across America in real time, premiered in October 2016 on A&E to a U.S. audience of 776,000 viewers. By mid-December, the program had ballooned to 840,000 total viewers per week, while regularly outperforming its time slot by 53% with total viewers.

The uptick in viewership enticed A&E to formally prolong the Friday night series to a total run of 21 episodes, stretching Live PD into the spring of 2017.

The full-service production company has continued a successful run of Black Ink Crew, with the fifth season airing this year on Viacom-owned net VH1 alongside the second season of spin-off Black Ink Crew Chicago.

Big Fish ramped up its production efforts for first quarter 2017 after closing the year prior on a strong note via the success of Live PD. Programs that kicked off the Year of the Rooster include WEtv’s docudrama Hustle & Soul (6 x 60 minutes), following a Brooklyn restaurant on its quest to receive a Michelin Star rating, and TLC’s docuseries Tattoo Girls, chronicling the exploits of a Missouri-based tattoo shop with an all-female staff. Daniele Alcinii

Headquarters: New York  |
Number of hours produced in 2016: 100+
Recent/current titles: Ride with Norman Reedus, The Circus, Odd Mom Out, Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time
Upcoming titles: James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction

Multi-award winning indie Left/Right, part of the Red Arrow Entertainment Group, kicked 2016 off with a pair of elevations in its senior ranks. Anneka Jones, formerly SVP of development, became EVP of development and current production, while Kevin Vargas was lifted to chief operating officer from SVP and head of production.

Since its founding in 2005 by co-presidents Banks Tarver and Ken Druckerman, the New York-based outfit has established itself as one of the most successful production companies on the East Coast, having received three Emmy Awards for Showtime’s This American Life, while producing VH1′s hit series Mob Wives, which ended in ’16, and National Geographic’s Generation X.

With the executive team firmly in place, Left/Right set its sights on the June premiere of AMC’s cross-country motorcycle travelogue featuring The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus. The first season of Ride with Norman Reedus, which shadowed the actor and motorcycle enthusiast across the U.S. to visit custom bike shops and roadside smokehouses, drew in an average 800,000 total viewers per episode for AMC. Meanwhile, Showtime’s ambitious political docuseries The Circus, which premiered in January 2016, received favorable reviews from critics across the board.

Looking ahead, the company is looking to secure international sales for the Ted Bourne, Mary Robertson and Banks Tarver-directed Trumped: Inside the Greatest Political Upset of All Time (pictured) from Showtime Documentary Films. DA

Headquarters: New York  |  |  Number of hours produced in 2016: 85.5
Employees: 350 (includes freelancers)
Recent/current titles: 60 Days In, Kids BBQ Championship, Secrets of the Underground, Vinny & Ma Eat America, Behind Bars: Rookie Year, The Unknown Flag Raiser of Iwo Jima, Alaska Aircrash Investigations
Upcoming titles: The Real Story with Maria Elena Salinas

New York-based Lucky 8 was founded by veteran producers and partners Kim Woodard, Greg Henry, Isaac Holub and George Kralovansky. Since its inception in 2014, it has created and produced a broad range of series and specials, spanning all genres. Last March, A&E debuted the prodco’s groundbreaking docuseries 60 Days In (pictured), which follows volunteers as they go undercover as inmates in American jails. The series was renewed for two more seasons earlier this year.

In July, Lucky 8 joined with Courtney Smith and Audra Smith, producers of Undercover Boss, to launch the unscripted company Turn Card Content. Earlier, The Smiths and Lucky 8 teamed up on the Food Network’s Kids BBQ Championship, which puts a group of budding young chefs through various challenges. SC

Headquarters: New York, Los Angeles  |
Number of hours produced in 2016:  120 |  Employees:  160
Recent/current titles: Lip Sync Battle, Geeking Out, Give Me Future
Upcoming titles: Lip Sync Battle Shorties, What Would Diplo Do?

Founded in 2013, by all accounts Matador is still in its infancy – hard to believe, given the staggering amount of content the prodco has created in three years. Co-founders Todd Lubin and Jay Peterson have a hand in nearly all genres, including variety shows, game shows, docusoaps, talk shows, sports and comedy.

Matador has seen astronomical success with Lip Sync Battle (pictured), a show based on Jimmy Fallon’s Tonight Show hit that pits A-list stars against each other in a musical showdown. Viacom-owned cable network Spike TV and Nickelodeon aired a kids-focused spin-off special of the show in 2016 and, before that, it made headlines through its use of virtual reality, used to help viewers share in its immersive experience. It also claimed top prize in the talent/studio-based category at the Realscreen Awards in June 2016. In all, the Lip Sync format has been adapted in 17 territories, most recently in Central and Eastern Europe and the Middle East.

The prodco also hasn’t shied away from the doc space. Give Me Future, a 2017 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection, followed global music sensation Major Lazer as he performed a free concert in Havana. Airing on HBO, 2014′s Banksy Does New York is about the renowned street artist’s 2013 New York residency.

In February, it upped four of its executives in an effort to bolster its creative and production teams. MK

Headquarters: Brooklyn  |
Employees: 6
Recent/current titles: Southwest of Salem, Weiner, Life, Animated, Abacus: Small Enough to Jail, Enlighten Us: The Rise and Fall of James Arthur Ray, Solitary: Inside Red Onion State Prison, Chicken People, Extremis, The Man Without the Mask, Homegrown

Emmy-winning producer and executive producer Julie Goldman founded Motto Pictures in 2009 with the goal of developing and producing high-quality documentary feature films. Since its inception, Motto has proven itself up to the task, producing a string of acclaimed hits including We Are The Giant, which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival; The Great Invisible, which took home the SXSW Grand Jury Prize in 2014; and the Oscar shortlisted Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry.

Last year’s Weiner, on which Goldman served as executive producer, proved an awards-show favorite, winning the Grand Jury Prize for Documentary at Sundance and the prize for best first documentary feature at the Critic’s Choice Documentary Awards. It was also shortlisted this year for an Academy Award for best feature documentary.

Life, Animated, (pictured) produced with A&E Indie Films, struck a chord with its story about a young autistic man who learns communication skills through Disney movies, and was nominated for a 2017 Oscar for best documentary feature.

The company also scored an Oscar nod for the short doc Extremis, which looks at the the issue of end-of-life decision making in a public hospital. SC

Headquarters: Los Angeles  |
Number of hours produced in 2016: 23.5  |  Employees: 300 (includes freelancers)
Recent/current titles: Man vs. The Universe, Stem Cell Universe with Stephen Hawking, Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman, Story of God, Food: Fact or Fiction?

Revelations Entertainment was founded by Emmy-nominated producer Lori McCreary and Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman in 1996 with a focus on artistic integrity and tech innovation. The company’s 2016 production of The Story of God (pictured), produced for National Geographic, featured Freeman on a quest to answer mankind’s biggest question — the meaning of life and proof of God — all the while seeking to understand how religion has evolved and shaped societies over centuries, and how our beliefs connect us, regardless of our individual faiths. The six-part series earned a Primetime Emmy nomination for outstanding informational series or special. The company also earned an Emmy nod for Through The Wormhole, a science series with Freeman which was first aired by Discovery Science in 2010, as well as a Peabody and Emmy for the ESPN ’30 for 30′ sports documentary The 16th Man.

In the past two decades, McCreary has produced more than a dozen feature films and is currently the president of the Producers Guild of America.

In October 2016, Andrew Whitney, former senior director of development at Discovery Channel, joined the Revelations team as VP of factual development with the goal of growing the company’s original documentary and unscripted slate. SC

Headquarters: Silver Spring, Maryland  |
Hours produced in 2016: 159  |  Employees: About 200 (includes freelancers)
Recent/current titles: The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Killing Fields, Who Killed Jane Doe?, Cheap Eats, The Vanishing
Upcoming titles: Season 8 of The Real Housewives of New Jersey

Since 2005, Sirens Media, founded by Rebecca Toth Diefenbach and Valerie Haselton, has produced hundreds of hours of award-winning programming across the unscripted and documentary spaces.

The Silver Spring, Maryland-headquartered firm has also created hundreds of episodes of crime and investigation television, including Who Killed Jane Doe?, for Investigation Discovery Go, which weaves the stories of the detectives on the murder case with that of family members; and The Vanishing Women, an innovative series that focuses on an active homicide investigation as it unfolds in real-time, like its other hit for Discovery, Killing Fields (pictured).

Last fall, the prodco’s New York offices grew with the appointment of Daniel Markell, formerly VP of development, to the post of senior VP of development. He continues to oversee Sirens’ development slate. Sumit David and Sydney Clover also joined the company as VP of development and director of development, respectively. SC

The Biggest Loser
Los Angles

3 Ball Entertainment
Bar Rescue, L.A. Hair
Redondo Beach

51 Minds

Below Deck
Hollywood, CA

44 Blue (a Red Arrow Entertainment company)
Wahlburgers, Rock and a Hard Place
Studio City, CA

495 Productions (a FremantleMedia company)
Party Down South, Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party
Burbank, CA

A. Smith & Co. (a Tinopolis company)
American Ninja Warrior, Unsung
Toulca Lake, CA

All3Media America (an All3Media company)
Chrisley Knows Best (with Maverick TV)
Los Angeles

Atlas Media Corp
Hotel Impossible, Best Worst Thing that Ever Could Have Happened
New York

Authentic Entertainment (an Endemol Shine company)
Flipping Out, Guilty Pleasures
Burbank, CA

BBC Worldwide
Dancing with the Stars, Life Below Zero
Los Angeles

Bunim/Murray Productions (A Banijay company)
Born This Way, Keeping Up With the Kardashians
Glendale, CA

Critical Content
The Woodsmen, Catfish: The TV Show
Los Angeles

Electus (an IAC company)
Running Wild With Bear Grylls
New York City

Evolution Media
The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Botched!

GRB Entertainment
Sex Sent Me to the ER, Intervention
Sherman Oaks, CA

Half Yard Productions (a Red Arrow Entertainment company)
The Last Alaskans, Say Yes to the Dress
New York; Bethesda, MD

High Noon Entertainment (an ITV company)
Cake Boss, Fixer Upper
Sherman Oaks, CA; Denver

Indigo Films
Wives With Knives, Unlikely Animal Friends
San Rafael, CA

ITV Entertainment
The First 48, Rich Kids of Beverly Hills
Los Angeles, New York

Jupiter Entertainment (a BSkyB company)
Snapped, Homicide Hunter
Knoxville, TN

Kinetic Content (a Red Arrow Entertainment company)
Married at First Sight, Little Women: LA
Santa Monica

Leftfield Pictures (an ITV company)
Pawn Stars, Alone
New York

Lighthearted Entertainment
Are You the One?, Dating Naked

Loud TV (an ITV America company)
Tiny House Nation, Food Porn
New York

Magical Elves (a Tinopolis company)
Top Chef, Cold Justice
Los Angeles

Diesel Brothers, Beachfront Bargain Hunt
New York City

MGM (Mark Burnett)
The Voice (U.S.), Shark Tank
Beverly Hills, CA

Mission Control Media
Face Off, Hollywood Game Night

Monami/ Eastern
Love & Hip Hop
New York City

Next Entertainment
The Bachelor
Los Angeles

Original Media (an Endemol Shine company)
Swamp People, Comic Book Men
New York City

Original Productions (a FremantleMedia company)
Storage Wars, Deadliest Catch, Bering Sea Gold

Peacock Productions (an NBC Universal company)
Caught On Camera With Nick Cannon
New York City

Pilgrim Media Group (a Lionsgate company)
Fast N’ Loud, Bring It!
North Hollywood, CA

Profiles Television
The Amazing Race
El Segundo

Radical Media
Mars, Tony Robbins: I Am Not Your Guru
New York

Renegade83 (an eOne company)
Naked and Afraid XL
Sherman Oaks, CA

Thinkfactory Media (an ITV company)
Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars
Los Angeles

Tremendous Entertainment
Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern
New York, LA

True Entertainment (an Endemol Shine company)
Love, Lust or Run; Vanity Fair Confidential
Los Angeles, New York

Warner Horizon Television (a Warner Bros. company)/A Very Good Production/ East 112th Street
Little Big Shots
Los Angeles

Warrior Poets
Rats, Morgan Spurlock: Inside Man
New York

World of Wonder
Ru Paul’s Drag Raceå, Million Dollar Listing

Zero Point Zero Productions
Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, The Hunt with John Walsh
New York


Headquarters: Singapore  |
Number of hours produced in 2016: 65  |  Employees: 85+
Recent/current titles: Frontier Borneo, Wild City Islands, Machine Impossible, Photo Face Off, Otter Town, Nomad Chef, Hiccup & Sneeze
Upcoming titles: Cesar’s Recruit: Asia, Aerial Asia, Teddies

As Asia’s largest indie, Singapore-headquartered Beach House Pictures (with offices in Beijing and Taipei) is forging ahead in its mission to become a global powerhouse. The multi-award-winning production house, part of David Haslingden’s global stable of channels and indies, has managed to build a strong reputation regionally and internationally since its launch in 2005, with more than 600 hours of content produced in blue-chip wildlife series, fact-ent and reality formats.

Beach House expanded its capabilities and brand in 2013 with the launch of three new divisions, including Beach House Kids; Beach House Studios, for animation and design; and Beach House Entertainment, the company’s reality formats wing. The company’s efforts were recognized by realscreen when Beach House became the first Asia-based content maker to secure a spot in the 10th annual Global 100 list.

On the programming front, blue-chip natural history series Frontier Borneo (pictured), which aired earlier this year across Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, explores the rich biodiversity of the world’s third largest island. The 10 x 30-minute series saw Beach House collaborating with Malaysian content producer Kyanite TV, alongside Discovery Networks Asia-Pacific, UKTV, Media Development Authority of Singapore and the National Film Development Corporation. It’s slated to debut via multi-channel broadcaster UKTV later this year before moving across several territories worldwide via distribution house TVF.

As it enters its 12th year, the company has two buzzy projects lined up for 2017: Nat Geo Asia’s seven-part reality competition series Cesar’s Recruit: Asia, which chronicles Cesar Milan’s search for Asia’s best dog trainer; and 8 x 60-minute 4K docuseries Aerial Asia, which provides a bird’s eye view of major cities, ancient sites and landscapes across Asia when it airs on NewsAsia this spring. DA

Le Studio de la Terreur

Reset, Rocco

Story House Productions
Galileo, CopyCat Killers

Talpa Media (an ITV company)
The Voice, Dance Dance Dance


Beyond Productions
History Hunters

Boardwalk Pictures
Chef’s Table
Santa Monica

Bodega Pictures
Altar’d, Tiny Luxury
Studio City, CA

Brook Lapping (a Zinc company)
Secret Life of Kittens

Buck Productions
Like a Tourist, Two Minutes to Transform

Gebrueder Beetz Filmproduktion
Mali Blues, Silent Saviours

Imagination TV
My Kitchen Rules, MasterChef NZ

Initial (an Endemol Shine company)
Big Brother

Machete Productions
The Partner
Los Angeles

Michael Levitt Productions
Skin Wars

North South Productions (a Hearst/North South company)
Impractical Jokers, We Bought the Farm
New York

Sharp Entertainment (A Core Media Group company)
90 Day Fiance
New York City

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 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.