Original Productions

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Original Productions, LLC is a television production company based in Burbank, California. It was founded in 1999 by Thom Beers.[1]


It is best known for producing reality television shows for the Discovery Channel but has more recently produced shows for other networks such as History, truTV, and Spike.

Some of its most popular shows are Deadliest Catch, Ice Road Truckers, Ax Men, and 1000 Ways to Die. Its earlier hit was Monster Garage.


Thom Beers founded Original Productions in 1999, when Discovery asked him to produce the two-hour special Extreme Alaska.[1]

On February 20, 2009, FremantleMedia acquired 75% of Original Productions for $50 million.[2][1][3][4]

On June 14, 2012, Beers launched a digital platform Original Productions Entertainment Networks that will feature his library.[5] Philip D. Segal and Gayle Gilman were tapped to run the new venture.[5] Later on August 29, 2012, Beers was promoted as CEO of FremantleMedia North America.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c Q&A: Reality TV Guru Thom Beers tv.msn.com, Retrieved on May 20, 2014
  2. ^ Sale of Original Productions to FremantleMedia loeb.com, Retrieved on May 20, 2014
  3. ^ FremantleMedia Joins Forces with Original Productions bloomberg.com February 20, 2009, Retrieved on May 20, 2014
  4. ^ FremantleMedia joins forces with Original Productions rtlgroup.com, Retrieved on May 20, 2014
  5. ^ a b Thom Beers launches Original Productions Entertainment Networks Adam Benzine realscreen.com June 14, 2012, Retrieved on May 20, 2014
  6. ^ Thom Beers Named CEO of FremantleMedia North America Tim Molloy thewrap.com August 29, 2012, Retrieved on May 20, 2014

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