All3Media America today announced that Kevin Bartel (El Corazón de Sergio Ramos, Westside, Made in Mexico) has joined the group as CEO and founder of Best Production Company, a newly-created company devoted to the development and production of entertainment formats and premium unscripted content. The new venture is the 12th production company added under All3Media America’s growing banner.
Best Production Company will focus on a bespoke, handcrafted approach to storytelling that elevates the aesthetic and creative style of each uniquely tailored project. Known for being an innovative, dedicated producer and executive, Bartel’s mission with this new endeavor is to challenge conventions and raise the bar for an ever-evolving global audience. Bartel and his team are approaching the company with signature enthusiasm and style, as evidenced by the company’s unique and tongue-in-cheek name.
“We are delighted to welcome Kevin and his team to All3Media. The demand for high quality and innovative content is greater than ever and Kevin is exceptionally well placed to respond,” said Jane Turton, CEO of All3Media Group. “He is equally comfortable developing and producing long-running popular formatted series and creating filmic documentaries in the global marketplace. We’re really looking forward to working with him as he grows Best Production Company.”
Bartel is the former EVP of Love Productions USA, which helped expand the companies global footprint with genre-bending series including Westside (Netflix), Made in Mexico (Netflix), Bad Chad Customs (Discovery), Dead By Dawn (Nat Geo Wild), El Corazón de Sergio Ramos (Amazon) and Great American Baking Show (ABC). As a former executive with the U.S. arm of Studio Lambert, an All3Media America company, Bartel worked on a number of series across many genres including the Emmy-winning and long-running series Undercover Boss (CBS). As Vice President of Development and Current Programming at SPIKE, Bartel was focused on the bigger formats including hit competition series Ink Master (Paramount Network).
“Kevin Bartel is no stranger to powering authentic programming with a cinematic vision,” said Tim Pastore, CEO of All3Media America. “His focused passion for the business and the art form is inspiring, and we at All3media America are thrilled with the limitless possibilities as his company will flourish for many years to come. Kevin is a natural addition to our growing group of world-class storytellers.”
Joining the company as EVP and head of development and current programming is Jeff Garcia (Made in Mexico, Bad Chad Customs, Dead By Dawn), and Myke Clakson as Vice President (Dead By Dawn, Bad Chad Customs) who will both be instrumental in building the team to meet the growing demands of the marketplace. Best Production Company already has a number of projects in production for linear cable and SVOD platforms, as well as a robust slate of advanced development, which will be announced in the coming months.
“This new opportunity to make the next generation of premium television shows with All3Media America is a dream come true. After beginning my career at an All3Media company years ago, it feels like I’m returning home,” said Kevin Bartel, Founder and CEO of Best Production Company. “Our goal at Best Production Company is to develop series that have longevity and empower the entire production community to push the envelope in a way that ignites them creatively to do their best work.”
Under the agreement, All3Media America will provide Best Production Company with production, post-production and distribution resources across All3Media’s sizable U.S. and international footprint. This latest deal adds to All3Media America’s growing portfolio of production companies and partnerships that include Lime Pictures, Lion Television, Main Event Media, Maverick TV, Nexiko, Objective Media Group, Optomen Productions, Relevé Entertainment, Studio Lambert, Gordon Ramsay’s Studio Ramsay, and Woodman Park Productions. In addition, the news comes on the heels of All3Media America’s original content development fund partnership with Cinetic Media.
All3Media houses the production companies behind titles ranging from the multiple Emmy Award-winning hit TV series Fleabag (BBC/Amazon) to the upcoming Catherine the Great (SKY/HBO) and the popular Emmy Award-winning series United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell (CNN) and Undercover Boss (CBS).
About Best Production Company
Lead by television veterans Kevin Bartel and Jeff Garcia, Best Production Company is a premium production company specializing in non scripted programming across all genres. The company will focus on story driven series that require a bespoke, handcrafted approach elevating the aesthetic and creative style of each uniquely tailored project. Known for being an innovative, dedicated producer and executive, Bartel’s mission is to challenge conventions and raise the bar for an ever-evolving global audience.
All3Media America is the U.S. arm of global independent television, film and digital production group All3Media. With teams in Los Angeles and New York, All3Media America’s portfolio companies are responsible for hits that include the Emmy Award-winning Undercover Boss for CBS, the Emmy Award-winning United Shades of America for CNN, Chrisley Knows Best for USA, 24 Hours to Hell and Back with Gordon Ramsay for FOX, the Emmy Award-winning Cash Cab for Discovery, Worst Cooks in America for Food Network and Betrayed for Investigation Discovery. All3Media’s unique federal structure, a model followed in both the U.S. and worldwide., encourages the creative and strategic independence of its growing roster of production companies. Today comprised of 30 global production companies and counting, All3Media is one of the largest production houses in the world. All3Media is owned jointly between Discovery Communications and Liberty Global.
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