CORE Media Group (formerly CKx), the umbrella company whose portfolio includes reality series American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, has acquired Sharp Entertainment, Matt Sharp’s New York-based reality television production company behind such programs as the Travel Channel’s Man V. Food, TLC’S Extreme Couponing, National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers and Animal Planet’s Call Of The Wildman. This marks the first acquisition for CORE under new president Marc Graboff, who said in May that he plans to grow the company through strategic purchases. “This announcement is another step in our efforts to expand the breadth of our content offerings and align CORE with some of the industry’s most talented and innovative producers,” Graboff said of Sharp’s acquisition today. CORE also has been among the companies looking at buying Dick Clark Prods.
Sharp will continue as CEO of the business, and the company’s headquarters will remain in its current New York City location. Since its inception in 2003, Sharp has produced over a thousand hours of television. The company has a number of new series currently in production including Discovery Channel’s Property Wars, Travel Channel’s Adam Richman’s Best Sandwich In America, AMC’s Story Notes, as well as projects with other networks including History Channel, A&E, Sundance Channel and Oxygen. CORE also recently inked a multiyear production and consulting pact with Rob Lee and his Bayonne Entertainment.
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