Kevin Bartel has joined indie TV, film and digital production group All3Media America as founder and CEO of the newly-created Best Production Company.
The Best Production Company is the 12th prodco added to All3Media America’s banner, devoted to the development and production of entertainment formats and premium unscripted content. According to All3Media America, Best will take a “bespoke, handcrafted approach” to its storytelling.
Bartel (pictured) was previously EVP of Love Productions USA, where his credits include Westside (Netflix), Made in Mexico (Netflix), Bad Chad Customs (Discovery), Dead By Dawn (Nat Geo Wild), El Corazón de Sergio Ramos (Amazon) and The Great American Baking Show (ABC).
He was formerly an executive with the U.S. arm of Studio Lambert, an All3Media company, where he worked on a number of series across genres, including the Emmy-winning Undercover Boss (CBS). As vice president of development and current programming at Spike before that, he focused on formats such as the competition series Ink Master (Paramount Network).
“The demand for high quality and innovative content is greater than ever and Kevin is exceptionally well placed to respond,” said Jane Turton, CEO of All3Media Group, in a statement. “He is equally comfortable developing and producing long-running popular formatted series and creating filmic documentaries in the global marketplace.”
Tim Pastore, CEO of All3Media America, added: “Kevin is a natural addition to our growing group of world-class storytellers.”
“This new opportunity to make the next generation of premium television shows with All3Media America is a dream come true. After beginning my career at an All3Media company years ago, it feels like I’m returning home,” said Bartel. “Our goal at Best Production Company is to develop series that have longevity and empower the entire production community to push the envelope in a way that ignites them creatively to do their best work.”
Joining Bartel are Best Production Company’s new EVP and head of development and current programming Jeff Garcia and VP Myke Clarkson.
Best Production Company is represented by Creative Artists Agency and has a number of projects already in production for linear cable and SVOD platforms, as well as a slate of projects in advanced development, to be announced in the coming months.
All3Media America will provide Best Production Company with production, post-production and distribution resources across All3Media’s U.S. and international footprint.
The new company joins All3Media America’s growing portfolio of prodcos and partnerships, including Lime Pictures, Lion Television, Main Event Media, Maverick TV, Nexiko, Objective Media Group, Optomen Productions, Relevé Entertainment, Studio Lambert, Gordon Ramsay’s Studio Ramsay, and Woodman Park Productions.
(Photo courtesy of All3Media America)