Television, What to Watch
May 25, 2013


The 2013 television upfronts have wrapped and the dust has settled. The new fall line up has been revealed for each network and some of your favorite shows like Happy Endings got the axe, while others like Nikita got one last breath of air. A week long frenzy of network sales presentations to advertisers is a done deal. The only thing left to examine is who are the top production companies leading the pack.

We’d like to spotlight one in particular, Mandt Brothers Productions.

The four Time Emmy-winning producers, Neil and Michael Mandt announced a series of new television and film projects.  Known for their entertainment and sports television programming, the Mandt Brothers are responsible for such shows asJim Rome is BurningBeg, Borrow & DealDestination Truth, and dozens of others. Mandt Bros. Productions has created and executive produced shows for networks such as ESPN, Showtime, E!, SyFy, Tru Tv, Food Network, FUEL, Speed, and more.Their post-upfronts roster includes a film starring Mad Men’s Jon Hamm, a project for E! starring The Bachelor’swinemaker Ben Flajnik, a TV show featuring former Raiders star JaMarcus Russell and more!

JaMarcus Russell: The Comeback 2013- a currently-airing web series for BleacherReport.Com that follows the former NFL first overall draft pick who won a $61 million dollar contract with the Raiders only to be released following a drug scandal…Dubbed the biggest draft bust in NFL history by NFL.Com, the show chronicles Russell’s attempt to make a return to professional football.

Young Sonoma- a project in development for E! that chronicles the personal and professional lives of premier families in world-renowned wine country, Sonoma Valley, featuring Envolve Winery’s Ben Flajnik (The Bachelor) and others (announced at E!’s Upfront).

The Million Dollar Arm- the upcoming Disney film starring Jon Hamm, based on the true rags to riches story of disenchanted sports agent (JB Bernstein) who set up a reality show contest in India for the best cricketeer. It led to the discovery of two Indian teenage cricket players, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, who Bernstein brought back to the United States, mentored in the game of baseball, and helped secure the first major league baseball contracts to ever be granted native Indian athletes

Untitled Food Network series– also in the works!

In addition to their slate of projects stateside, the Mandt Brothers have produced and directed in over 50 countries worldwide. They are the only independent production company to own three full-operating production facilities (including a 10,000 square foot HD Ready TV studio which currently hosts two daily talk shows for CBS Sports).

And did we mention that they currently own RUFF? (Think as big as the UFC!) RUFF is the only MixeSd Martial Arts league in China, and the Mandt Brothers have the distinction of founding the first syndicated television network in China. Sounds like a reality sports show just waiting to happen!

I think it’s safe to say, we can expect to see a lot more Mandt Productions this year!