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From Fox’s Hell’s Kitchen to G4’s American Ninja Warrior to Oxygen’s upcoming Paris Hilton project, Arthur Smith’s slate isn’t lacking in diversity. “We’re all over the place, but in a good way,” says the Canada native who got his start in front of the camera doing films, sitcoms and voice-over work as a young adult. (Listen closely and you’ll hear him doing voice-overs on his Kitchen spinoff, Kitchen Nightmares.) Proof of his colorful portfolio crystallized three years ago when Smith walked into his San Fernando Valley-based production office and was greeted by designers from TLC’s Trading Spaces, fighters from Spike’s UFC Countdown and “gangstas” from BET’s American Gangster. Diversification is paying off: Hell’s Kitchen has been the No. 1 broadcast show for four summers running; Kitchen Nightmares has lifted Fox’s Friday night average by 150 percent. With his producing partner Kent Weed, they’ve sold eight pilots since November.