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All3Media, Bartel launch US prodco

All3Media America has linked up with former Love Productions and Studio Lambert exec Kevin Bartel (El Corazón de Sergio Ramos, Westside, Made in Mexico) to launch a production company.

Kevin Bartel

Best Production Company will develop and produce entertainment formats and premium unscripted content. The new venture is the 12th production company added under All3Media America’s growing banner.

Bartel, CEO of the new firm, was previously executive VP of Bake Off creator Love Productions’ US arm and helped expand its global footprint with 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).

Jane Turton, All3Media’s CEO, said: “The demand for high-quality and innovative content is greater than ever and Kevin is exceptionally well placed to respond. He is equally comfortable developing and producing long-running popular formatted series and creating filmic documentaries in the global marketplace.”

Before Love Productions, Bartel was with the US division of Studio Lambert, an All3Media company, where he worked on a number of series across many genres, including long-running series Undercover Boss (CBS).

He also had a stint as VP of development and current programming at US producer Spike, where he was focused on formats including competition series Ink Master (Paramount Network).

Jeff Garcia (Made in Mexico, Bad Chad Customs, Dead By Dawn) is joining Best Production Company as executive VP and head of development and current programming. Myke Clarkson (Dead By Dawn, Bad Chad Customs) is the fledgling firm’s VP.

The outfit already has a number of projects in production for linear cable and SVoD services, as well as a slate of advanced development, which will be announced in the coming months.

Bartel said: “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.

“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 launch agreement, All3Media America will provide Best with production, post-production and distribution resources across All3Media’s US and international footprint.

The launch adds to All3Media America’s growing portfolio of prodcos and partnerships, which 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.

The news comes on the heels of All3Media America’s original content development fund partnership with Cinetic Media.

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