We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock. We make TV.
Pilgrim Media Group has produced a ton of great programming for a bunch of awesome networks, including Discovery, History, A&E, Lifetime, TLC, Syfy, OWN, CMT, WEtv, and National Geographic Channel. From concept development to network delivery, we do it all.
Our shows must be pretty good, because they usually last a while. A few old favorites you may remember are American Chopper, which ran for a decade (many consider it the first “family docu-soap” ever) and is making a triumphant return to air this year (in the meantime, you can enjoy the popular meme, which the website Vox calls “a miniature version of one of Plato’s dialogues”); Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, which ran for eight seasons and even snagged a few Emmy nominations for Best Reality Program (and yes, Mike Rowe is very handsome); and Ghost Hunters, which reigned as television’s #1 paranormal franchise for 11 seasons and gave rise to two successful spinoffs (and a lot of imitations).
Beloved Pilgrim series currently airing include The Ultimate Fighter, which helped turn mixed martial arts (MMA) into a multi-billion dollar industry; Wicked Tuna, about the cutthroat, high-stakes business of Bluefin tuna fishing in Gloucester, Massachusetts; adrenaline-fueled automotive restoration show Fast N’ Loud and its motor-head spinoffs, Misfit Garage, Garage Rehab, and Shifting Gears with Aaron Kaufman; Bring It!, which follows a champion hip-hop majorette dance troupe and their indomitable coach; My Big Fat Fabulous Life, an inspiring, funny, and heartfelt follow-doc about Whitney Thore, whose 200-pound weight gain won’t stop her from dancing, dating, and donning a bikini; and the NAACP-award winning Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, a docu-series about the matriarch behind a collection of family-run soul food restaurants and OWN’s longest-running series. We’ve also got projects for CBS, TNT, Bravo, and Netflix in the hopper.
And, not to toot our own horn or anything, but our two-hour special for Discovery’s annual “Shark Week,” Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives, broke multiple viewership records and earned the highest rating of any program in Shark Week history. Just sayin’.
Okay, fine, we’ll toot our own horn. Other highly-praised Pilgrim projects include the award-winning documentary series Lindsay, which introduced a bold new style of “meta-storytelling” that brought the drama of the production process to the fore (and boy, was there drama), and Michael Sam, a documentary special that offered a candid portrait of the college football star who became the first openly gay player to be drafted into the NFL. Pilgrim was also the mastermind behind The Runner — a first-of-its kind, groundbreaking reality competition series that played out over the course of 30 days. (Well, our fellow executive producers Ben Affleck and Matt Damon helped out, too).
We could keep listing stuff, but that would be boring, and boring is the one thing we are not. Basically, every time you change the channel, chances are you will land on a Pilgrim show. Whether we’re pairing up singles and sending them off on a challenge-filled cross-country trip (Love At First Flight) or chasing street racers in Oklahoma City, Memphis, and New Orleans (the Street Outlaws franchise), one thing remains the same — our dedication to finding remarkable characters, showcasing their talents and telling their stories. We’re not about cheap gimmicks, contrived plotting or fifteen minutes of fame. We’re proud of the work we do, and it shows. And, we’re proud to have joined the Lionsgate family in 2015.
Anyway, that’s a little about us. Thanks for reading and checking out our website. Most importantly, thanks for watching the television we create. As the Mayflower gang would have told minister Richard Clyfton if transatlantic communication existed when they established Plymouth Colony in 1620: “If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t be here.”
(And thanks, Wikipedia, for helping us make that joke.)