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Last summer's acquisition of RDF by Paris-based Zodiak created one of the largest independent production companies in the world. The transition was "remarkably smooth," says Mansfield, who had feared bumps in the road. Indeed, the company wasn't slowed by the deal; in the past year, Mansfield says, Zodiak more than tripled the number of shows it produces. The deal gave the company access to more international formats, something that's "incredibly helpful in a market like this." The company now has a stable of shows in production that includes NBC's The Boss Is Coming to Dinner and TruTV's All Worked Up and its spinoff, Lizard Lick Towing. But the firm's big hits are Secret Millionaire (ABC) and Hardcore Pawn (both on TruTV). Season 2 of Millionaire premiered March 6 (hopping over from Fox) and pulled in 12.6 million viewers, trouncing its direct competitors and giving ABC its biggest audience in the 8 p.m. Sunday time slot in three years. And Pawn, which Mansfield dubs "an emblematic show" for the network and is now in its third season, debuted in August 2010 with the biggest premiere in TruTV's history — grabbing 2 million viewers. Mansfield resides with his family in Los Angeles.