Atlas Media Corp.

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Atlas Media Corp.
Corporation
Industry Entertainment Industry
Founded 1989
Founder Bruce David Klein
Headquarters New York City, United States
Products TV Series, TV Specials, Theatrical Documentaries, Web Series
Website http://atlasmedia.tv

Atlas Media Corp. is a New York-based independent production company of non-fiction entertainment. The company was founded in 1989 by Bruce David Klein and produces television series and specials, theatrical documentaries, and digital web series for cable networks like Discovery Channel, Travel Channel, E! Network, TLC, Food Network, A&E, History, WE, GSN, DIY Network, Investigation Discovery, Style, National Geographic, BIO, SyFy, and HGTV—as well as national syndication and international distribution in over 100 markets worldwide.

For ten years in a row (2006-2015), Realscreen magazine has named Atlas to its annual "Global 100" list of the largest and most influential producers of non-fiction entertainment around the world.[1][full citation needed]

Television[edit]

Atlas Media Corp.'s projects have covered many genres of reality television including formatted reality (Hotel Impossible, Auction Agent, Big Brian: The Fortune Seller); docusoap (Playing With Fire, Big Sexy, Hot Listings Miami); docudrama (Breaking Vegas, Who Killed Chandra Levy?, Evacuate Earth, Alien Invasion: Are We Ready?); documentary (American Eats, It Could Happen Tomorrow, Mysterious Places, Exotic Islands, Things You Have To See To Believe); science and technology (Super Tools, Factory Floor); medical mystery (Dr. G: Medical Examiner, Skeleton Stories), wildlife (Maneaters of the Wild, Shark Terror with Stacey Keach), true crime (Stalked: Someone's Watching, Frenemies: Loyalty Turned Lethal); comedy (Phowned, How They Won with Mo Rocca; adventure (Everest: Mountain of Dreams, Mountain of Doom); light entertainment (Out of This World, Amazing People); food (Top 5, Extreme Cuisine, Behind the Bash with Giada DeLaurentis); Lifestyle/How To (Raising House, All Year Round With Katie Brown, Survival Guide, Romantic Inns); pop culture (Biography, Young, Sexy &..., Royal Families of the World, TV Game Show Hall of Fame); and game shows (Spend It Fast!, Bragging Rights, Beach Ambush).

Atlas Media Corp.'s programming has won numerous awards including multiple Cine Gold Eagles,[2] New York Festivals Gold Medals, the Genesis Award, and the James Beard Award for Best TV Food Journalism.[3] In 2009, its series Art Attack with Lee Sandstead earned an Emmy nomination.[4]

The company has produced numerous hit shows, include Hotel Impossible (for Travel Channel), Stalked: Someone's Watching (for Investigation Discovery), Frenemies: Loyalty Turned Lethal (for Investigation Discovery), Raising House (for DIY Network), Dr. G: Medical Examiner (for Discovery Fit & Health and TLC), Top 5 and Behind the Bash with Giada DeLaurentiis (Food Network).

In 2011, Atlas produced the television movie "Who Killed Chandra Levy?", which aired on TLC and was called "a terrific docudrama" by the New York Post.[5]

Theatrical Documentaries[edit]

In 2007, Atlas Media launched a theatrical documentary division to produce and release feature-length documentaries.[6] The first film from this division, Meat Loaf: In Search of Paradise was an official selection of the Montreal World Film Festival and was released theatrically in 100 North American markets in March 2008. The film is a portrait of the rock performer Meat Loaf, shot during the preparation for and beginning of his 2007 world tour. The film received positive reviews from the New York Times ("amusing"),[7] Variety ("revealing ... leaps off the screen"),[8] and many others. The film was directed by Bruce David Klein. It was released in association with Voom HD Pictures and IFC. The DVD was released by Universal in May 2008.

Atlas Media Corp's second theatrical documentary was Robert Blecker Wants Me Dead, which premiered at the USA Film Festival, and was shown at the Rhode Island International Film Festival as well as the Cork International Film Festival in Ireland. It received a Gold Kahuna Award from the 2009 Honolulu International Film Festival.[9] Its theatrical run began in New York City on February 27, 2009, and the film made its television premiere on MSNBC on April 19, 2009.[10]

Digital & Emerging Media[edit]

Atlas Media Corp. launched its Digital & Emerging Media division in 2007.[11] One of their first productions was a series of webisodes for History.com to compliment the History Rocks television special series premiere on The History Channel. Similarly, they produced a series of 2-3 minute pieces for The History Channel's video-on-demand (VOD) component to accompany the 2007 television series American Eats.

The division also produced its first series for Comcast's FEARnet online network in 2007, Rt. 666: America's Scariest Home Haunts. A new webisode was released every day throughout the month of October as part of a month-long Halloween stunt. In October 2008, they created Streets of Fear, also for FEARnet.

Other recent productions from the Digital & Emerging Media Division of Atlas Media Corp. include Expedition: Africa webisodes for History.com, Breaking Down for FUSE TV online, Path to the Podium and The Vote 101, for History.com, How to Beat Death for Discovery.com, and Total Beauty Makeover: Dog Edition, for Lifetime.com. The division also operates Atlas Media Corp.'s own online channel, the MUST SEE BELIEVE on YouTube, which features short videos about amazing people, places and events.[12]

Multiplatform[edit]

In October 2008, Atlas Media Corp. expanded one of its long-running shows, Dr. G: Medical Examiner, into a multi-platform brand, starting with Dr. G's book project How Not to Die: Surprising Lessons on Living Longer, Safer, and Healthier from America's Favorite Medical Examiner, published by Random House's Crown division. The multi-platform effort also included the production of a corresponding one-hour TV Special entitled "How Not to Die" for the Discovery Health network[13] and the development of the companion website HowNottoDie.com.[14]

Productions[edit]

Television Shows[edit]

Theatrical Documentaries[edit]

Web Series[edit]

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