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Matt Chan gets a kick out of reading the Twitter feeds that percolate after an airing of Hoarders on A&E, now in its fourth season. "The first one is always something like, 'I am so cleaning my house right now," he says with a laugh. "Everybody understands the impulse. Everybody's got their junk drawer. Hoarders is, basically, take your junk drawer and magnify it a hundred times to the point where it's dysfunctional." The show might be Seattle-based Screaming Fleas' most high-profile project, averaging 1.8 million viewers between September 2010 and February 2011, but it's far from the only one. With more than 20 years in the business, the company has 29 series to its credit, including A&E's Sell This House and Spike TV's Three Sheets, and has seen its projects on more than 15 networks worldwide. How much of a difference is there between scripted and reality series? "In the reality genre, the shows still have to deliver the same beats that scripted shows do," Chan says. "You have a beginning, middle and end, well-developed characters and a strong narrative."