Leading US non-scripted production company Half Yard Productions, a Red Arrow Studios company, announced a partnership with former VP of Production and Development and host of "The Dirt", Christo Doyle. Based in Washington DC, Public School Productions will be dedicated to developing and producing authentic, first in its space content, full of rich, dynamic characters.
Dirk Hoogstra, CEO, Half Yard Productions, said: “At Half Yard Productions, we are always looking for new stories to tell, and Christo has an incredible track record of bringing new stories and characters to our screens. We can’t wait to help build Public School Productions into a new storytelling powerhouse.”
Christo Doyle, Founder, Public School Productions, commented: “It’s exciting to be finally going out on my own and to use years of storytelling experience at Discovery to build Public School Productions into a leader in cutting edge content. The goal is to make great TV with great people. Collaborating with Half Yard means that Public School can hit the ground running, and we are excited to start unveiling our upcoming slate of projects in the coming months.”
During his Emmy Award-winning 17-year career at Discovery Communications, Christo Doyle developed and produced some of TV’s biggest brands. The partnership will see Half Yard put in place production infrastructure for Public School Productions and includes plans to co-develop projects. Whilst at Discovery, Doyle built the long-running series "Gold Rush" into a behemoth for the Discovery Channel, growing it into the top-rated series of all time for the channel and an international sensation with over 220 million unique viewers worldwide each season.
He also developed, produced, and hosted the "Gold Rush" spin-off talk show, "The Dirt," as well as producing highly rated brand extensions "Gold Rush South America" and "Gold Rush White Water". Other series Doyle had a key role in at Discovery include "American Chopper," "Monster Garage, "Overhaulin’," "American Hot Rod & Biker Build Off," "Miami Ink," "Dirty Jobs," "Jungle Gold," "Pacific Warrior," "Flying Wild Alaska," "Alaskan Bush People" and "Dual Survival".
Doyle earned an Emmy for his work on the Lance Armstrong series "Race 2 Replace" and served as Executive Producer of the Emmy nominated Steven Spielberg/Dreamworks series "The Rising: Rebuilding Ground Zero". Half Yard Productions is a leading US producer of factual and factual entertainment, including TLC’s "Say Yes to the Dress," which is currently in its 19th season, and multiple spin-offs including "Say Yes to the Dress America"; and new shows including "Relatively Evil" for Investigation Discovery, and "Dino Hunters" for Discovery.