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History Wins With ‘Pawnography’ Game Show Debut Starring ‘Pawn Stars’ Trio

By | Friday July 11, 2014 @ 1:25pm PDT

History Wins With ‘Pawnography’ Game Show Debut Starring ‘Pawn Stars’ TrioTurns out the move into game shows were a good bet for the gang from Pawn Stars and for History. The 10 PM debut last night of Pawnography pulled in 2.82 million viewers with 995,000 among Adults 18-49 and 1.2 million among the 25-54s. While that is far below Image (5) history_channel_logo__140523153130-150x150.jpeg for post 738303the 3.18 million total viewers who tuned in for the Season 8 premiere of Pawn Stars in October, the premiere of the Leftfield Pictures game show actually is the best any new show has done on History this year. Appalachian Outlaws drew 2.79 million for its January 9 premiere Fellow reality series Curse Of Oak Island got 2.5 million for its January 5 debut. It certainly didn’t hurt Pawnography that its debut was the lead-out to the most recent episode of Pawn Stars, which was watched by 3.477 million viewers and was the most watched original on cable last night.

Related: History Barters For Trivia Game Show Starring ‘Pawn Stars’ Guys

pawnographyShot in Vegas, home of the World Famous Gold and Silver Pawn Shop made even more famous after 8 cycles of the reality show, and hosted by comedian Christopher Titus, Pawnography sees contestants face off against PS stars Rick Harrison, his son Corey and his pal Austin “Chumlee” Russell. Through three escalating rounds, participants … Read More »

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Reality Check: ‘Pawn Stars’ Experts Trade Fame For Treasure In Lieu Of Paychecks

Reality Check: ‘Pawn Stars’ Experts Trade Fame For Treasure In Lieu Of PaychecksThey are the Pawn Stars co-stars, the experts who help separate the genuine from the fake, the treasure from the trash. Without them, History’s Pawn Stars would be Antiques Roadshow: Las Vegas, only with more guns. They work without a script, and they’re not paid a dime, but being on the show has boosted their businesses and made them brand names in the appraiser field.

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History Barters For Trivia Game Show Starring ‘Pawn Stars’ Guys

By | Wednesday April 30, 2014 @ 1:22pm PDT

PawnStarsThe channel and producers who brought you Pawn Stars — and more Pawn Stars — now brings you Pawnography, a game show starring the guys from Pawn Stars. History has given a 10-episode order for the new show from Leftfield Pictures, which pits the guys from the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop against contestants in three rounds of trivia questions history_channel_logothat get progressively tougher. Prizes include cash and items from the pawn shop. Items that — here’s the kicker — owner Rick Harrison, doesn’t want to give up and will battle to keep. Harrison, his son Corey and their sidekick Chumlee will appear in each episode, which will be filmed in Las Vegas with a live audience. Pawnography is set to premiere in the summer.

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‘Pawn Stars’ Former Agents Sue A&E, History Channel & Michael Camacho

By | Tuesday December 11, 2012 @ 7:06pm PST

UPDATE: In response, Michael Camacho tells Deadline: “I was in charge of unscripted television at UTA when his agency signed several of the principal characters of Pawn Stars. I have never met or spoken to the former agents or the clients and was unaware of any claim.”

The former agents of the stars of History’s Pawn Stars today sued the network, executives Nancy Dubac and Mary Donahue, A&E and former UTA agent Michael Camacho for allegedly poaching their clients. Citing $5 million in lost commissions and damages (read complaint here), Venture IAB claims that it set up Pawn Stars’ Richard B. Harrison, Richard K. Harrison, Richard C. Harrison and Austen Russell on the reality show. The agents say they signed the group as clients in 2007 and again in 2009. Pawn Stars debuted on History on July 19, 2009. It was not long after that things started to go sour between the staff of Las Vegas’ World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop and their agents. “In or about January 2010, the Harrisons and Russell terminated the Agency agreements, and thereafter entered into agency contracts with Michael Camacho and UTA. As a result of the intentional interference with the Agency Agreements, Plaintiff has lost millions of dollars of income,” says the complaint. Venture IAB claims it’s “entitled to 10% of all compensation received by the Harrisons and Russell” from Pawn Stars.

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‘Pawn Stars’ Producer Opens LA Outpost

By | Wednesday October 17, 2012 @ 9:04am PDT

New York-based reality producer Leftfield Pictures is opening an LA office and has hired former Pilgrim Studios executive Rob Hill to spearhead the company’s expansion here. Leftfield, behind founder and executive producer Brent Montgomery, launched Pawn Stars on History channel in 2009. It is History’s No. 1 series ever has spawned three spinoffs, including the recently announced Pawn Stars UK. Among its new series in the works is Celebrity Yard Sale starring Lance Bass for Lifetime. “While we may be best known for shows in the ‘hidden treasures’ genre we helped elevate with Pawn Stars, Leftfield has also been expanding into other areas of programming”, Montgomery said in announcing the new office. “We felt the time was right to establish a permanent presence in Los Angeles, allowing access to new and different types of talent on both sides of the camera.” Before Pilgrim, Hill, who will become VP Development, was at UK-based production company Optomen and Renegade Pictures.

Related: Mipcom: Shine America & Leftfield Partner For ‘Treasure House’

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Mipcom: Shine America & Leftfield Pictures Partner For Reality Series ‘Treasure House’

By | Monday October 8, 2012 @ 8:07am PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Ardaban, the recently formed Shine America label, is teaming with Pawn Stars producer Leftfield Pictures for a reality competition series. Titled Treasure House, the Ardaban original format uncovers hidden treasures in everyday homes. In each episode, three highly regarded appraisers each select a family that believes it has found valuable items in their home. The appraisers put each of their home’s apparent treasures up for auction, and the household with the highest bids takes home an additional $50,000. Leftfield will oversee day-to-day production on Treasure House, which is being shopped to the U.S. and international TV marketplaces starting with MIPCOM, where it was announced. Ardaban CEO Chachi Senior and Leftfield owner and founder Brent Montgomery serve as executive producers.

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History’s ‘Pawn Stars’ Gets UK Offshoot

By | Sunday October 7, 2012 @ 7:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

A+E Networks UK has greenlighted a UK version of History‘s flagship series Pawn Stars. The series, which will air on History UK, has received an eight-episode order. It will be produced by New York-based Leftfield Pictures, producer of the original Pawn Stars, which is History’s No. 1 series of all time. International History channels are also funding the project, the first overseas version of Pawn Stars, which will air around the world. Production is slated to begin later this year.

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More Cable Ratings: ‘Protector’ Starts Low, ‘Switched At Birth’ & ‘Teen Wolf’ Rise

By | Tuesday June 14, 2011 @ 5:54pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Lifetime’s new scripted series The Protector was off to a soft start, drawing 1.9 million viewers for its premiere on Sunday, holding onto 50% of its Army Wives lead-in. For comparison, the network’s recent drama series Drop Dead Diva and Army Wives launched with 2.8 million and 3.4 million viewers. For the 2 premiere night airings, The Protector averaged a combined 2.7 million viewers. MTV’s new series Teen Wolf rebounded in its third outing last night, up 23% from its Monday time-slot premiere last week among persons 12-34 with a 1.6 rating. The show was also up double digits in total viewers to 1.8 million. Read More »

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CABLE RATINGS: Record Night For History, SyFy’s ‘Being Human’ Builds, Lawrence O’Donnell Has Solid Debut On MSNBC

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With so much attention focused on MTV’s phenomenon Jersey Shore and BET’s The Game, History’s less noisy series Pawn Stars and American Pickers often get overlooked. But last week, they ranked No.4, 5 and 6 behind Jersey Shore and The Game among all cable series in total viewers. And last night, they broke rating records for History with some staggering numbers. The 10:30 PM episode of Pawn Stars drew 7 million viewers, 3.7 million of them in the 18-49 demo, a series high and History’s most watched telecast ever. The 10 PM episode of Pawn Stars was close behind (6.7 million, 3.4 million in 18-49) At 9 PM, American Pickers drew 6.2 million viewers, 2.6 million in 18-49. The 3 programs ranked as cable’s No.1, 2 and 3 shows last night in all key metrics.

Meanwhile, there was good news for Syfy’s new original drama Being Human. While fellow British drama remake Skins on MTV took a dive in its second outing last night, Being Human actually grew in its second airing last night: by 9% in total viewers to 2.14 million and by 21% in Adults 18-49 to 1.21 million. Being Human is now tracking as Syfy’s most successful scripted winter series launch since Battlestar Galactica in 2005. Read More »

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