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Once again, it’s Global 100 time, in which realscreen reveals its annual listing of the top 100 independent production companies working in non-fiction and unscripted entertainment, chosen through input from our readers. As in past years, broadcasters, producers, distributors and others in the global non-fiction content industry weighed in, sending along names of trusted production partners including companies that are emerging into the industry with a bang, and those that may have a few years (and hits) under their belts but that continued to bring the goods over the past year.
A caveat: as in past years, you will see on this list production entities that are broadcaster-owned, but that primarily act as producers, often commissioned by other networks. Still, as more networks enter the unscripted and non-fiction arena, competing with established nets that are ramping up their global content requirements, the window of opportunity is opening ever wider for “true indie” prodcos looking to make their mark. And while the content industry will always have its share of challenges and changes, those opportunities will doubtlessly bring more new names into the fold, to sit alongside those who are frequently on this list. Who knows – perhaps someday in the near future, we’ll have to roll out the Global 200. But first things first…
North Hollywood, CA
Recent titles: Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives; Fast n’ Loud; Lindsay; Wicked Tuna
Upcoming: Wicked Tuna: Outer Banks; Bring It!
The company behind the long-running paranormal favorite Ghost Hunters on Syfy and the MMA series Ultimate Fighter – now on Fox following its long Spike run – racked up a wide range of successes in 2013. Its relationship with OWN blossomed, as Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s went into a third season, while new series Raising Whitley opened strong with 1.2 million viewers, and received an extended season. Also for OWN, its docuseries featuring the headline-grabbing Lindsay Lohan debuted in March.
For Discovery, the high-octane car show Fast n’ Loud raced to pole position as the number one cable program for all male demos on Monday nights. And let’s not forget Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives, the “mockumentary” that kicked off 2013′s ‘Shark Week’ to the tune of 4.8 million viewers, making it the highest-rated telecast in the strand’s history.
Word has it that there may be a follow-up to the controversial special, and the company also has a spin-off for its hit National Geographic Channel series, Wicked Tuna, on deck. BW