US non-scripted production house Half Yard Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, announced that Dirk Hoogstra has been promoted to CEO. Previously EVP of Development at Half Yard, Hoogstra will assume the new role with immediate effect. The move comes after current CEO and Co-founder, Sean Gallagher, decided to step down and leave the company to pursue interests outside of the TV industry, after spending 14 years at the company.
“I am delighted to be stepping up and taking the helm at Half Yard Productions. We would all like to thank Sean for building such an impressive and creative business, and I look forward to continuing to work closely with our Chief Creative Officer, Nicole Sorrenti, and the whole team on our diverse slate of shows,” Dirk Hoogstra said.
“I’m so proud of what we have achieved at Half Yard over the years, and now seems a good time to try some new things, and have some fun away from TV. With such a strong slate of both long-running brands and exciting new commissions coming through, I am happy to leave the company in great shape and in the talented hands of Dirk and the fantastic team,” Sean Gallagher added.
Dirk Hoogstra joined Half Yard Productions in 2019 as EVP of Development. Over the last 24 years, he has worked in the media industry as a network executive and producer, holding a number of senior positions, including EVP and General Manager of A&E’s History. During his run at History he developed and oversaw scripted and unscripted series such as “American Pickers,” “Counting Cars,” “Mountain Men,” “Top Gear,” “Hatfields & McCoys,” “The Bible,” and “Vikings”.