Original Productions (OP), a FremantleMedia Company, has become a world-wide culture-changing force in unscripted reality television. With titles such as Emmy® Award Winning Deadliest Catch, Bering Sea Gold, Ax Men, Ice Road Truckers, Black Gold, and the Storage Wars triple threat, more than 180 countries world-wide are watching Original Productions’ shows. OP series consistently perform above average on primetime cable networks, maintaining strong and growing ratings as new episodes air from year to renewal year. Season 9 of Deadliest Catch premiered in April, 2013, with 28% more viewers than the previous season opener. Week after week, the fan favorite is often number one among men 18-49 and 25-54. In March, the second season of OP’s Bering Sea Gold on Discovery began its’ Number One weekly status with more men 25-54 watching than any other cable show in prime time.
Sixth season hit series, Ax Men, produced a spin off in August, 2013, The Legend of Shelby the Swamp Man. The series premiered with 3.2 million viewers making it the top rated non-fiction show of the night on cable for History for adults 18-49 and 25-54.
The summer of 2013 also brought four new Primetime Emmy® Nominations for the OP Deadliest Catch team: Outstanding Reality Program, Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming, Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming, and Outstanding Sound Mixing for Non-Fiction Programming, and fall of 2013 was awarded two of the four Emmy® Nominations, Outstanding Cinematography for Reality Programming and Outstanding Picture Editing for Reality Programming. Additionally, the 2013 prestigious Genesis Award from the Humane Society of the United States was awarded to Original Productions for its groundbreaking series Wild Justice, on the National Geographic Channel.
The Original Productions Crew produced an amazing 207 episodes of new programming for America’s top cable television networks in 2012 alone. In the United States, 14 Original Productions’ series are currently airing on seven of the country’s top cable networks. Among those smash hits is the Storage Wars franchise: Storage Wars; Storage Wars: Texas, and the premiere of Storage Wars: New York on New Year’s Day, 2013. Storage Wars is A&E Network’s highest rated-series of all time including the second season premiere with 5.1 million total viewers. When first brand extension Storage Wars: Texas was first telecast, 4.1 million viewers made it the most-watched original series launch in the network’s history.
The OP Crew is a staff with depth. After seven years as the company’s President, Philip Segal was named CEO & EP in 2012 when OP Chairman and Founder Thom Beers was promoted to CEO & EP of FremantleMedia, NA. Twelve year veteran production exec Jeff Conroy was named OP President & EP, Sarah Whalen, to Senior VP Programming and John Grey was promoted to VP Programming.
The OP legacy was founded with mega hits such as Monster Garage and Biker Build- Off. Original Productions has continued its tradition of living up to its name with cult favorites such as 1,000 Ways to Die on Spike and Whisker Wars for IFC.
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