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Painless Productions inks deal with “The Holzer Files” showrunner Rob Saffi

Los Angeles-headquartered Painless Productions has struck an overall deal with producer, director and showrunner Rob Saffi. Saffi (pictured), who served as showrunner for the prodco’s Travel Channel series The Holzer Files, ...
February 13, 2020

Los Angeles-headquartered Painless Productions has struck an overall deal with producer, director and showrunner Rob Saffi.

Saffi (pictured), who served as showrunner for the prodco’s Travel Channel series The Holzer Files, will now collaborate with Painless on two new unannounced projects for the Discovery-owned pay-TV channel.

Under the deal, Saffi will showrun, develop and produce unscripted series with a focus on paranormal and mystery programming. He will be based at the company’s East Coast office and work closely with the West Coast team, including CEO Jim Casey, VP of development Nicole Reed and VP of creative Ross Kaiman.

“Rob has consistently impressed me with his narrative approach – he has that rare ability to integrate compelling storytelling with a uniquely-haunting cinematic style,” Casey said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to add him to our growing team of in-house creative talent, and to turn another producer collaboration into a full-fledged partnership.”

Saffi began his career as a cinematographer, responsible for crafting the visual style of commercials for brands such as Calvin Klein, KitchenAid and Volvo. He went on to serve as director of photography for international series such as Ghost Adventures (Travel Channel), Moonshiners (Discovery), and Reinventing the Meal (Cooking Channel).

Most recently, he served as showrunner on Paranormal Lockdown (Destination America/TLC) and My Horror Story (Travel Channel).

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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