May 25, 2013 |
Arthur Smith is one of Hollywood's busiest reality TV producers. The 53-year-old is running 14 shows this season, including the hits "Hell's Kitchen" and "Kitchen Nightmares. " Being around all that food all the time, as well as putting in long hours every week, makes it challenging to eat well and exercise regularly. That's why Smith sticks to a schedule and diet during his busiest months. Here, he talks about making time to stay healthy, his favorite workouts and what food he calls his "kryptonite.
May 13, 2013 |
On a warm, Friday morning in Beverly Hills, 150 prospective television producers from around the world gathered at PitchCon 2013 at the SLS Hotel in Beverly Hills to try to sell their projects to 50 of Hollywood's top industry professionals. At one table in the center of the room, Charla Young, 40, of Louisville, Ky., calmly pitched a television executive the idea for her inspirational talk show "Power to Change. " Having already obtained regional syndication in her home state, Young had come to Los Angeles to find national distribution for her show.
December 23, 2012 |
Britain's largest independent television production company, All3Media, will consolidate its Southern California studios in Westchester. The company behind such shows as “Undercover Boss” and “Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares” has agreed to rent two floors in a Howard Hughes Center office building near the 405 Freeway and Sepulveda Boulevard, real estate broker Jacob Bobek of Cushman & Wakefield said. The lease for 51,000 square feet is valued at $16 million, he said. All3Media's five Los Angeles area studios are now in separate locations in Culver City and the Westside and the consolidation will reduce their total rented space by about 20%. More than half of All3Media's revenue comes from international operations, and the U.S. is its fastest-growing market, according to U.K. industry website Broadcast.
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November 9, 2012 |
Frank Peppiatt, the co-creator of "Hee Haw," a landmark variety show mixing country music with "corny" humor that became one of TV's most unlikely and longest-running hits, has died. He was 85. Peppiatt died Wednesday in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., of bladder cancer, according to family spokeswoman Jenna Illies. In addition to co-creating, writing and producing "Hee Haw," the Canadian-born Peppiatt, along with his writing and producing partner John Aylesworth, became one of TV's top producers during the 1960s and '70s in the variety show genre, developing programs for several top stars, including Jackie Gleason, Andy Williams and Sonny and Cher.
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October 30, 2012
Alan Kirschenbaum, 51, a television producer and comedy writer who worked on such shows as "Raising Hope," "My Name is Earl" and "Yes, Dear," which he co-created, was found dead Friday at his Burbank home. Early reports indicate he may have committed suicide, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles County coroner's office. No other details were released. An autopsy is pending. CBS, where Kirschenbaum had a new show in production, said in a statement it was "stunned and devastated" by his death and called him "a gifted and successful" comedy writer and producer.
October 7, 2012 |
It took more than two years and several price cuts, but a compound in Malibu owned by now-divorced couple Mel Gibson and Robyn Moore Gibson has sold for $9,261,250. The property had been listed in March 2010 at $14.5 million. The buyer is recently divorced reality TV producer Mike Fleiss. Described as an "old world hacienda," the main house features hand-painted details, stone and hardwood floors, several fireplaces, six bedrooms and 5 1/2 bathrooms. The master suite has a sitting room with a fireplace and two walk-in closets.