A. Smith & Co. Productions Joins UK Media Producer Tinopolis Group

Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsey 2011

Kitchen Nightmares Gordon Ramsey 2011

The reality company behind "Kitchen Nightmares" joins UK Producer-Distributor to create a transatlantic television powerhouse.

A. Smith & Co. Productions, the unscripted powerhouse behind such shows as Kitchen Nightmares, The World According to Paris, and I Survived a Japanese Game Show, and UK independent media producer-distributor The Tinopolis Group announced today that they have decided to join forces.

The announcement was made by Ron Jones, the Executive Chairman of Tinopolis Group, and Arthur Smith, Founder and CEO of A. Smith & Co. Through the agreement, A. Smith & Co. becomes the leading North American television production company within the Tinopolis organization and has the ability to tap into the company’s resources on a worldwide basis.

A. Smith & Co. will operate as an Los Angeles-based stand-alone organization working with Tinopolis Group's other companies which include television production Mentorn and sports television producer Sunset + Vine. Smith will join the Tinopolis Board of Directors and continue to be in front of  the company with his partner Kent Weed.

“Arthur, Kent and all of A. Smith & Co. are great additions to our company.  Their experience launching global brands and television programming, and their vision of what programs need to be will ensure that program buyers and audiences will be well served for years to come,” says Ron Jones, Executive Chairman of Tinopolis Group.

Adds Smith, “We have been fortunate to have been approached by a number of entities offering strategic partnerships, but until now none presented the benefits and synergies that we have found in our new partners at Tinopolis and Vitruvian Partners,” said Smith.  “We have a phenomenal team in place, and now look to expand on our already existing relationship with Mentorn as well as harness our experience in sports programming via Tinopolis’ respected sports production unit Sunset + Vine.”