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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.

Mark Gordon Co. (eOne)
Mark Gordon, principal
Current shows: “Designated Survivor” (ABC), “Conviction” (ABC)


Media Rights Capital
Asif Satchu and Modi Wiczyk, co-chairmen and co-CEOs
Current shows: “House of Cards” (Netflix), “Blunt Talk” (Starz), “The One Percent” (Starz), “Counterpart” (Starz), “Ozark” (Netflix)

Miramax Television
Steve Schoch, CEO/CFO
Current shows: “From Dusk Till Dawn” (El Rey)

Peggy (Kirsten Dunst)

Kirsten Durst, “Fargo”

Mathias Clamer/FX

MGM Television/United Artists Media Group
Mark Burnett, president, MGM Television & Digital Group
Current shows: “Fargo” (FX), “Vikings” (History), “Teen Wolf” (MTV), “Get Shorty” (Epix)

Nuyorican Prods.
Benny Medina, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, Jennifer Lopez, partners
Current shows: “The Fosters” (Freeform), “Shades of Blue” (NBC)

Pearl Street Films
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, principals; Jennifer Todd, president
Current shows: “Incorporated” (Syfy); “The Runner” (Go90)

Platinum Dunes
Michael Bay, Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, partners
Current shows: “Black Sails” (Starz), “The Last Ship” (TNT), “Billion Dollar Wreck” (History), Carlton Cuse/Graham Roland project (Amazon)

Gary Goetzman, partner; Tom Hanks, partner
Current shows: “American Gods” (Starz), “The Eighties” (CNN), “2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony” (special) (HBO)

"Wet Hot American Summer"

“Wet Hot American Summer”


Principato-Young Entertainment
Peter Principato and Paul Young, founders/partners
Current shows: “Black-ish” (ABC), “Flaked” (Netflix), “Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp” and “Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later” (Netflix), “A Futile and Stupid Gesture” (movie) (Netflix)

Propagate Content
Ben Silverman, chairman/co-CEO; Howard T. Owens, co-CEO; David McKillop, partner/chief creative officer
Current shows: “Animal ER” (NatGeo Wild), “Unprotected” (Oxygen)

Red Arrow Entertainment Group
Jan David Frouman, chairman/CEO
Current shows: “Cleverman” (SundanceTV)

Skydance Media
David Ellison, CEO; Dana Goldberg, chief creative officer; Marcy Ross, president
Current shows: “Grace and Frankie” (Netflix), “Red Mars” (Spike), “Altered Carbon” (Netflix), Carlton Cuse and Graham Roland project (Amazon)

Sonar Entertainment
Thomas Lesinski, CEO
Current shows: “The Shannara Chronicles” (MTV), “The Son” (AMC), “Taboo” (FX), “South of Hell” (WE TV)

Stephen David Entertainment
Stephen David, president and executive producer; Dirk Hoogstra, chief creative officer
Current shows: “The American West” (AMC), “Making of the Mob: Chicago” (AMC), “American Speed: The True Story of NASCAR” (CMT)

Thinkfactory Media
Leslie Greif, founder/CEO; Adam Reed, president
Current shows: “Million Dollar Quartet” (miniseries) (CMT); “The Michel’le Story” (movie) (Lifetime), “Married by Mom and Dad” (TLC), “Marriage Boot Camp: Reality Stars” (WE TV), “Million Dollar Matchmaker” (WE TV)

Master of None

Aziz Ansari, “Master of None”


3 Arts Entertainment
Howard Klein, Michael Rotenberg, Erwin Stoff, partners
Current shows: “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” (Fox), “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” (FXX), “Silicon Valley” (HBO), “The Mindy Project” (Hulu), “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix), “Master of None” (Netflix), “Baskets” (FX), “Broad City” (Comedy Central), “Maya & Marty” (NBC), “Real Husbands of Hollywood” (BET), “Comedy Knockout” (TruTV), “Those Who Can’t” (TruTV), “Lopez” (TV Land), “Barely Famous” (VH1), “Man with a Plan” (CBS), “One Mississippi” (Amazon), Kevin Hart project (Comedy Central)

Tyler Perry Studios
Tyler Perry, principal
Current shows: “Love Thy Neighbor” (OWN), “Tyler Perry’s For Better or Worse” (OWN), “The Haves and Have Nots” (OWN), “If Loving You is Wrong” (OWN), “Too Close to Home” (TLC)

The Weinstein Co.
Harvey Weinstein and Bob Weinstein, co-chairmen; David Glasser, president/COO
Current shows: “Project Runway” (Lifetime), “Project Runway All-Stars” (Lifetime), “Project Runway Junior” (Lifetime), “Six” (History), “Southern Justice” (NatGeo), “Mob Wives: The Last Stand” (VH1), “The Reaper” (NBC), “National Enquirer Investigates” (Reelz), “Geeking Out” (AMC), “Fashion Inc.” (Lifetime), “Threads” (Lifetime)

Whalerock Industries
Lloyd Braun, principal; Andrew Mittman, president, film and scripted TV
Current shows: “Battlebots” (ABC), “Civil” (TNT)

Zodiak USA
Cem Yeter and Joel Karsberg, co-CEOs and co-chief creative officers
Current shows: “The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret” (IFC), “Planet Primetime” (Travel Channel)

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