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Sean Gallagher exits Half Yard Productions; Dirk Hoogstra upped to CEO

Sean Gallagher, current CEO and co-founder of Half Yard Productions, is stepping down from the Say Yes to the Dress creator to pursue interests outside of the television industry. Gallagher (pictured left) founded ...
December 3, 2020

Sean Gallagher, current CEO and co-founder of Half Yard Productions, is stepping down from the Say Yes to the Dress creator to pursue interests outside of the television industry.

Gallagher (pictured left) founded the Red Arrow Studios-backed production house alongside fellow former Discovery exec Abby Greensfelder in 2006. Following Greensfelder’s decision to depart the studio as co-CEO in January 2019 to found Everywoman Studios, Gallagher assumed the sole title of CEO.

As a result of Gallagher’s decision to exit, Half Yard has elevated former executive vice president of development Dirk Hoogstra (right) as CEO of the Bethesda, Maryland-headquartered producer with immediate effect.

Hoogstra joined Half Yard in June 2019 from Triton City Entertainment where he served as CEO. Over his 23 years in the industry, Hoogstra has worked as a network executive and producer, holding senior positions including EVP and GM of A+E’s History — where he developed and oversaw unscripted series including American PickersCounting CarsMountain MenTop Gear and The Bible — and VP of Discovery Communications.

“We would all like to thank Sean for building such an impressive and creative business, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with our chief creative officer, Nicole Sorrenti, and the whole team on our diverse slate of shows,” said Hoogstra in a statement.

“I’m so proud of what we have achieved at Half Yard over the years, and now seems a good time to try some new things, and have some fun away from TV,” added Gallagher. “With such a strong slate of both long-running brands and exciting new commissions coming through, I am happy to leave the company in great shape and in the talented hands of Dirk and the fantastic team.”

Prior to co-founding Half Yard, Gallagher was SVP of production and development for TLC, overseeing all internal and external program development for the network, launching such series as Miami Ink and Little People, Big World. Before TLC, Gallagher was VP of development for Discovery Channel where he oversaw series including Monster Garage and Monster House, and exec produced American ChopperDirty Jobs and MythBusters.

With files from Frederick Blichert

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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