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Half Yard partners with Christo Doyle on Public Schools Productions

American unscripted prodco Half Yard Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, is partnering with The Dirt host Christo Doyle to start Public School Productions. The new company, based in Washington, D.C., said ...
July 20, 2021

American unscripted prodco Half Yard Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, is partnering with The Dirt host Christo Doyle to start Public School Productions.

The new company, based in Washington, D.C., said its goal is to produce authentic, first-in-its-space content.

“At Half Yard Productions we are always looking for new stories to tell and Christo has an incredible track record of bringing new stories and characters to our screens,” said Dirk Hoogstra, Half Yard CEO, in a news release. “We can’t wait to help build Public School Productions into a new storytelling powerhouse.”

The partnership will see Half Yard provide production infrastructure for Public School Productions. Half Yard is a leading factual producer with credits like TLC’s Say Yes to the Dress, which is currently in its 19th season, and series like Relatively Evil for Investigation Discovery and Dino Hunters for Discovery.

During his 17-year career at Discovery, Doyle (pictured) has developed and produced major TV brands. He built the long-running series Gold Rush  for the Discovery Channel, which became one of the channel’s all-time top rated series, boasting more than 220 million unique viewers worldwide. Doyle also helped develop, produce and host a spin-off talk show, The Dirt, while producing brand extensions like Gold Rush South America and Gold Rush White Water.

Doyle also had a key role in series like American Chopper, Miami Ink, Dirty Jobs and more. He won an Emmy for his work on the Lance Armstrong series Race 2 Replace and served as executive producer on the Emmy-nominated series from Steven Spielberg and Dreamworks, The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero.

About The Author
Jillian Morgan is the Associate Editor at Realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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