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Chris Knight, Phil Viardo to launch prodco Former Prodigy

American actor and TV personality Christopher Knight has teamed up with veteran producer Phil Viardo to launch a new production venture: Former Prodigy Media. The company will be based in Beverly Hills ...
September 5, 2019

American actor and TV personality Christopher Knight has teamed up with veteran producer Phil Viardo to launch a new production venture: Former Prodigy Media.

The company will be based in Beverly Hills and was founded with the goal of taking creative risks and to develop a slate of cutting-edge non-fiction, documentary and scripted projects for a wide variety of platforms and distributors.

Former Prodigy’s development slate already includes the documentary feature film Truelove, which follows Callie Truelove, a teenager with Williams Syndrome, as she sets out to meet other Williams children to spread awareness of this rare genetic disorder. Meanwhile, new unscripted series projects in development include an untitled Christopher Knight home makeover project; the true crime series Deadly Charm, about multiple-murderer Robert Reldan; Hard Time/Easy Meal, a docuseries based on the book Prison Ramen by actor Clifton Collins Jr. and Gustavo Alvarez, about celebrities who did time in prison; and a docuseries featuring popular recording artist and producer Trinidad Jame$.

Knight (pictured, left) has started and run several companies, including his home furnishings brand Christopher Knight Home. He can be seen in the upcoming HGTV series A Very Brady Renovation, premiering Monday (Sept. 9).

Viardo (right) was most recently head of development at Natural 9 Entertainment, where he will remain a partner and on the board of directors and will continue to co-produce several projects. His credits include Hollyscoop, Nat Geo’s LimoMasters, Univision’s La Gran Sorpresa and ABC’s The Wildlife Docs. His documentary feature film Public Enemy Number One, co-produced with Alethia Films, is due for release this fall.

“I am elated about this new venture,” said Knight in a statement. “It was only a matter of time before I expanded my business interests into TV/Film production. The opportunity of teaming up with Phil just made sense and indicated, ‘that’ timing was at hand.”

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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