A. Smith & Co Launches Documentary & Entertainment Divisions
Leading reality production outfit A. Smith & Co. Productions is expanding with the launch of two new programming divisions. A. Smith & Co. Dox will handle documentary and factual programming, and A. Smith & Co. Entertainment will house the company’s entertainment programming, such as broadcast’s American Ninja Warrior and Hell’s Kitchen, along with a number of cable series. Former FremantleMedia North America exec Toby Gorman has signed on to head the entertainment division as president.
Both divisions will fall under the A. Smith & Co. Productions banner, which will still be led by CEO Arthur Smith, President Kent Weed, and COO Frank Sinton, who also will lead Dox as president.
Dox is the result of the merger between A. Smith & Co. Productions and sister company BASE Productions. A. Smith & Co. Dox includes a partnership with Strong Eagle Media (Citizen Soldier), and both will continue to create documentary films together in a first-look co-production deal. A. Smith & Co. Dox will continue to produce ESPN’s Emmy-winning Sport Science, which has been renewed for an eighth season by the network, with BASE Productions founder John Brenkus remaining as exec producer and host.
Gorman most recently served as the EVP of alternative programming at FMNA. During his tenure there the company sold and launched a slate of alternative primetime programming, including To Tell the Truth, Match Game, Celebrity Family Feud and Mat Franco’s Got Magic.