44 Blue Productions

Peter Chernin launches North Road Company, acquires Red Arrow’s US interests

Peter Chernin has linked up with two US-based private equity firms to create The North Road Company, with its first acquisition the $200m pick-up of Red Arrow Studios’ North American production firms. The company is being backed by Providence Equity Partners and Apollo, which will together provide access to $800m to fuel further acquisitions. The Red Arrow […]

Exclusive: Red Arrow’s US sale attracts private equity interest

A flurry of private equity firms have joined the race to acquire Red Arrow Studios’ North American production businesses, TBI understands. The sale, which started in January, includes LA heavyweights such as Love Is Blind and Married At First Sight prodco Kinetic Content, as well as LA-based 44 Blue Productions, which was behind A&E’s Wahlburgers and Fox’s First Responders […]

44 Blue Productions & Kevin Costner team for Indigenous docuseries

Red Arrow Studios-owned 44 Blue Productions has partnered with Hollywood star Kevin Costner for Onward, a new natural history docuseries exploring traditions and rituals preserved through generations by Indigenous communities around the world. Meralta Films boss Smriti Mundhra (Indian Matchmaking) will serve as director and showrunner, and Cale Glendening acts as series creator, while Costner […]

Red Arrow’s US prodco 44 Blue promotes for programming & development

Red Arrow Studios-owned 44 Blue Productions in the US has promoted two of its senior execs as part of its latest exec rejig. David Hale has been promoted to EVP of programming at the Wahlburgers producer, with a remit across all current series, pilots and presentations at 44 Blue. He reports to 44 Blue’s co-CEOs & […]

44 Blue ups Andrew Paskoff & Shirley Jackson to senior production roles

US-based 44 Blue Productions has upped Andrew Paskoff to EVP of production and operations and Shirley Jackson to co-executive in charge of production. Paskoff joined Red Arrow Studios-owned 44 Blue, which is behind shows including Netflix doc Jailbirds and Investigation Discovery’s Twisted Sisters, in January 2019 as SVP of production. In his new role, he will be responsible […]

Exclusive: Red Arrow future unclear as creative chief Nina Etspueler exits

Doubts have emerged over the future of Love Is Blind and Deep State producer Red Arrow Studio (RAS), after creative chief Nina Etspueler became the latest senior executive to step down from the ProSiebenSat.1-owned firm. Etspueler had been group creative director at Red Arrow for 18 months, having been promoted in February 2019 following the […]

AMPLE launches true crime division, hires All3Media & 44 Blue Productions alum to run it

AMPLE Entertainment, the US prodco behind Facebook’s 9 Months With Courteney Cox, has launched a true crime division and appointed veteran producer Tammy Wood to run it. Wood becomes SVP of crime programming and will report directly to co-presidents Ari Mark and Phil Lott. She will oversee production across AMPLE’s crime show slate, which includes […]

ProSiebenSat.1 considers options as Red Arrow Studios sale postponed

ProSiebenSat.1 is understood to be considering its options around the future of Red Arrow Studios, with the sale of the production and distribution division now postponed until the first quarter of next year. Sources close to the discussions have told TBI that US-based AMC and All3Media are the final contenders for Red Arrow, but the […]

Red Arrow’s 44 Blue hires production, dev execs

Wahlburgers firm 44 Blue Productions has appointed Andrew Paskoff as SVP of production and Brent Jacoby as VP of development. Paskoff is to oversee all aspects of physical production for the Red Arrow-owned prodco’s slate of programming, reporting into EVP Sarah Poage. Meanwhile, Jacoby is to develop for all major US networks, reporting into SVP […]