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Spielberg, Bruckheimer & More: Why Some of TV’s Biggest Producers Have Gone Indie

IndieWire's independent producer report: a round-up of the biggest indie TV producers in the scripted world.

Amblin Television, Jerry Bruckheimer TV, The Mark Gordon Co.

Bad Hat Harry Prods.
Bryan Singer, producer
Current shows: “Legion” (FX)

Big Light Productions
Frank Spotnitz, producer
Current shows: “Ransom” (CBS), “The Indian Detective” (CTV), “Medici: Masters of Florence” (RAI)

Critical Content (formerly Relativity TV)
Tom Forman, CEO; Andrew Marcus, president/COO
Current shows: “Home Free” (Fox), “Young & Hungry” (Freeform), “Catfish: The TV Show” (MTV), “Gigolos” (Showtime), “Startup” (Crackle), “Car Matchmaker” (Esquire), “All-Star Academy” (Food Network), “Pretty. Strong.” (Oxygen)

Davis Entertainment
John Davis, chairman; Jon Fox, president, production
Current shows: “The Blacklist” (NBC), “Dr. Ken” (ABC), “The Blacklist: Redemption” (NBC), “Timeless” (NBC)

Teen Wolf

“Teen Wolf”


Tony DiSanto, CEO
Current shows: “Teen Wolf” (MTV), “Scream” (MTV), “The Ed Bassmaster Show” (CMT)

Chris Grant, CEO
Current shows: “Jane the Virgin” (The CW), “No Tomorrow” (The CW), “Flaked” (Netflix), “Winsanity” (GSN), “House of DVF” (E!), “Southern Justice” (NatGeo), “Running Wild with Bear Grylls” (NBC), “Food Fighters” (NBC), “Mob Wives: The Last Stand” (VH1), “Fameless” (TruTV)

Entertainment One
Darren Throop, president/CEO; John Morayniss, eOne Television CEO; Pancho Mansfield, president, global scripted programming, eOne
Current shows: “Into the Badlands” (AMC), “You Me Her” (Audience), “Rogue” (Audience), “Saving Hope” (Ion), “Haven” (Syfy), “Hell on Wheels” (AMC), “Streets of Compton” (miniseries) (A&E), “Ransom” (CBS), “Sharp Objects” (HBO), “Foreign Bodies” (TNT), “Trailer Park Boys” (Netflix)

EuropaCorp Television
Matthew Gross, president, EuropaCorp Television
Current shows: “Taken” (NBC)

The Firm/Prospect Park
Jeff Kwatinetz, principal/partner; Josh Barry, partner, television
Current shows: “Notorious” (ABC), “Haters Back Off” (Netflix), “Salem” (WGN America)

American Gods

American Gods

American Gods

FremantleMedia North America
Craig Cegielski, co-CEO; Jennifer Mullin, co-CEO; Trish Kinane, president, entertainment programming
Current shows: “American Gods” (Starz), “Celebrity Family Feud” (ABC), “America’s Got Talent” (NBC)

Funny or Die / Gary Sanchez Prods.
Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Chris Henchy, founders
Current shows: “Drunk History” (Comedy Central), “@midnight” (Comedy Central), “Billy on the Street” (TruTV), “The Chris Gethard Show” (Fusion), “Brockmire” (IFC), “Throwing Shade” (TV Land), “Triumph’s Election Special” (special) (Hulu)

Gaumont Television
Gene Stein, president
Current shows: “F is for Family” (Netflix), “Narcos” (Netflix).

Tim Kring, Bradley Thomas, Dan Friedkin, partners/principals
Current shows: “Beyond” (Freeform)

Ink Factory
Stephen Cornwell and Rhodri Thomas, producers
Current shows: “The Night Manager” (AMC)

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ITV America
Brent Montgomery, CEO; Adam Sher, chief creative officer; Philippe Maigret, president, scripted programming
Current shows: “Aquarius” (NBC), “Schitt’s Creek” (Pop), “Penn & Teller: Fool Us” (The CW), “The First 48” (A&E)

The Jackal Group
Gail Berman, chairman/CEO
Current shows: “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” (special) (Fox)

Jax Media
Tony Hernandez, founder
Current shows: “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” (TBS), “Search Party” (TBS), “Broad City” (Comedy Central), “Inside Amy Schumer” (Comedy Central), “Younger” (TV Land), “Odd Mom Out” (Bravo).

Jerry Bruckheimer TV
Jerry Bruckheimer, chairman/CEO; Jonathan Littman, president
Current shows [under previous deals]: “Lucifer” (Fox), “The Amazing Race” (CBS), “Training Day” (CBS)

Sarah Jessica Parker

Kapital Entertainment
Aaron Kaplan, president/CEO
Current shows: “Life in Pieces” (CBS), “Secrets & Lies” (ABC), “American Housewife” (ABC), “Divorce” [starring Sarah Jessica Parker, above] (HBO), “Nicki” (Freeform), “Santa Clara Diet” (Netflix).

Legendary Television & Digital Media
Thomas Tull, chairman/CEO; Lauren Heller Whitney, president, scripted television
Current shows: “Colony” (USA), “Love” (Netflix), “Downward Dog” (ABC), “Electra Woman and Dyna Girl” (Fullscreen), “Myst” (Hulu), “Dead Rising: Watchtower” and “Dead Rising: Endgame” (movies) (Crackle)

Leverage/Closest to the Hole Prods.
Stephen Levinson, owner/manager; Mark Wahlberg, principal/executive producer
Current shows: “Ballers” (HBO), “Wahlburgers” (A&E)

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