A. Smith & Co. Launches Entertainment & Factual Divisions


LOS ANGELES: A. Smith & Co. Productions has established two new divisions, with an arm dedicated to documentary and factual programming and one specialized in entertainment.

A. Smith & Co. Dox is the new unit for documentary and factual programming. It includes a partnership Strong Eagle Media, producers of the hit film Citizen Soldier, a co-production between both companies. The two companies will continue to create documentary films together in a first-look co-production deal that spans multiple projects. A. Smith & Co. Dox is the result of the merger between A. Smith & Co. Productions and sister company BASE Productions. Meanwhile, A. Smith & Co. Entertainment will house the company’s wide variety of entertainment programming.

Both divisions will exist under the A. Smith & Co. Productions banner, which will continue to be led by CEO Arthur Smith, President Kent Weed and COO Frank Sinton. Toby Gorman joins from FremantleMedia North America to lead A. Smith & Co. Entertainment as president, while Sinton will lead Dox as president.

“With our award-winning productions across both the entertainment and documentary space and continued growth in many genres, we decided to service our clients with two beefed up divisions,” said Smith, CEO of A. Smith & Co. Productions and chairman of Tinopolis North America. “With Frank Sinton leading the charge of Dox, and Toby Gorman at the helm of Entertainment, we are well positioned to increase our production of the most compelling content possible across broadcast, cable and digital.”

“While many people know us for our work in big broadcast formats, our factual entertainment has been award-winning, long-running top performers across a broad range of networks as well,” said Sinton, COO of A. Smith & Co. Productions and president of A. Smith & Co. Dox. “We’re diving in head-first—creating a formal home for both our existing documentary programming and nonfiction films that entertain, inspire and inform audiences worldwide.”

“A. Smith & Co. is unique in that it is isn’t limited to one genre of unscripted—from reality competition, to variety, game, sports and documentary programming—they can do it all,” said Gorman, president of A. Smith & Co. Entertainment. “I look forward to continuing the tradition of creating the highest-quality, smash-hit programs that the company is so well-known for.”