Los Angeles-based prodco AMPLE Entertainment is ramping up its infrastructure, with an executive producer hire and appointment of a creative director.
For the latter, filmmaker Sam Lang (pictured left) will report directly to AMPLE co-founders Ari Mark and Phil Lott as creative director, working to maintain an elevated look and feel across the company’s entire slate.
He previously served as co-executive producer on several AMPLE titles, including Cooper’s Treasure (Discovery) and Murder in the Heartland (ID). Other credits are Hunted, Everest Rescue, In Our Wildest Dreams, My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding and So You Think You Can Dance.
Lang has produced programs for Channel 4, BBC, Shine, Firecracker, TwoFour, Renegade, Betty, RDF and more.
“Sam is an invaluable asset to our company and a perfect example of a talent that can infuse a filmmaking sensibility into everything he touches,” said Mark and Lott, in a joint statement. “For AMPLE, that attention to detail and handcrafted storytelling is everything. We’re so lucky to have him as part of the team.”
Meanwhile, EP and showrunner Matt Blaine (right) has been appointed as an executive producer at AMPLE, joining the current programming team, led by Alex Weresow, to oversee a production slate of close to 70 hours of programming that includes second seasons of 9 Months with Courteney Cox (Facebook Watch) and The Lost Gold of World War II (History) and a third season of Murder in the Heartland (ID), among several as yet unannounced commissions and feature documentaries currently in production.
Prior to joining AMPLE, Blaine served as executive producer and showrunner for the A&E series Raising Tourette’s and as EP on True Life (MTV) and Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List (Bravo), both of which earned him Emmy awards.
Elsewhere, the company has also elevated Viviana Soto to director of finance and Sean Nugent to executive-in-charge.
“Matt is a highly respected and talented showrunner who has the rare combination of management skills and hands-on story chops,” said Mark and Lott. “As we continue to grow, we’re committed to excellence, and that means nurturing and hiring the very best in film and television. Sam, Matt, Viviana, and Sean fit that paradigm.”