SHARP Entertainment is a Manhattan-based television production house that has garnered a reputation for pioneering a fresh perspective on pop-culture television. Founded by veteran television producer Matt Sharp in late 2003, the company has quickly flourished into one of New York’s largest and busiest television production enterprises and currently holds record ratings for multiple networks. Since its creation 8 years ago, Sharp Entertainment has produced hundreds of hours of television, tripled in size and now boasts a full-time staff of over 100 employees, which includes some of the New York’s most imaginative writers, editors and producers, who collaborate to deliver smart, exciting television with major ratings impact and serious staying power.
Current series include the supersized hit, TRAVEL CHANNEL’S MAN V. FOOD which stands alone as the highest rated show in the network’s history. About to enter its fourth season, this series follows food fanatic Adam Richman on his culinary quest across America in search of the most iconic “pig-out” food joints this great land has to offer. Its second season culminated with the highly anticipated and star-studded 2-hour LIVE event. Also on TRAVEL CHANNEL and entering its buzzed about second season is BERT THE CONQUEROR, where host Bert Kreischer scours the country to provide an inside look at the biggest challenges, events and competitions this nation has to offer. But he doesn’t just take you there, he throws himself into every heart-pumping, fear-fueled moment with hilarious results. EXTREME COUPONING on TLC is entering its first season after a one-hour special left audiences asking for more. EXTREME COUPONING follows ordinary people known as ‘Super Couponers’ as they cut, clip and save hundreds, and sometimes thousands of dollars. For A&E, Sharp is producing more episodes of the hit special, CELEBRITY NIGHTMARES DECODED where dream interpreter Lauren Lawrence gets celebrities to open up in ways they never expected and explores their minds, one nightmare at a time.
On DISCOVERY, PUNKIN CHUNKIN 2010 picked up where PUNKIN CHUNKIN 2009 (the highest rated show in SCIENCE CHANNEL history) left off delivering for DISCOVERY and SCIENCE CHANNEL, record ratings. For SCIENCE CHANNEL, Sharp produced LARGE, DANGEROUS, ROCKET SHIPS, which gave viewers a look at the event where competitors launch the biggest, baddest and most creative homemade rockets on Earth. Hits like LDRS and PUNKIN CHUNKIN have spawned the Science Sports franchise launching in 2011. Sharp creation, VH1’s THE FABULOUS LIFE, is a network-defining hit with over 100 episodes produced. The series is now being aired in over 30 different countries around the world and has spawned numerous imitators. For ANIMAL PLANET, Sharp produced UNDERDOG TO WONDERDOG, a series that documents the heartwarming journey of the “Doggie Dream Team” on their mission to rescue abandoned, down-on-their-luck stray dogs and rehabilitate them before finally placing them in a loving home. More recently YOUR PET WANTS THIS, TOO, the follow-up to YOUR PET WANTS THIS aired on ANIMAL PLANET. On FOOD NETWORK, Sharp’s interactive cooking series ASK AIDA stars Aida Mollenkamp as she prepares delicious dishes and solves viewers’ culinary conundrums. Sharp is now the #1 producer of hours for the critically acclaimed BIOGRAPHY series, with 5 more hours coming in Spring 2011. Also for BIOGRAPHY in Spring 2011, THE TRAGIC SIDE OF COMEDY has two more hours premiering that takes the audience on a journey through the fantastic rises and fatal descents of America’s most beloved comedians.
TRAVEL CHANNEL is also home to the EXTREME series, FOOD WARS, 101 TASTIEST PLACES TO CHOWDOWN and MOST TERRIFYING PLACES IN AMERICA. Past series for ANIMAL PLANET include PET PSYCHIC ENCOUNTERS and OUTRAGEOUS ANIMALS. Beyond these current series, Sharp is also presently producing additional pilots and specials for TLC, A&E, SCIENCE CHANNEL, TRAVEL CHANNEL, ANIMAL PLANET, FOOD NETWORK, and BIOGRAPHY among others.
Prior to their most recent work, Sharp has worked with a wide variety of networks and in a broad range of genres. For A&E, Sharp developed and produced the critically lauded CONFESSIONS OF A MATCHMAKER, a 13-episode primetime reality series that hilariously chronicled the work and clients of a no-nonsense, tough-loving matchmaker in Buffalo, NY—the statistically proven hardest place in the country to find love. For BRAVO Sharp produced a series of highly rated multi-hour countdown projects, including the 4-hour 100 FUNNIEST MOVIE MOMENTS, the 2-hour 30 EVEN SCARIER MOVIE MOMENTS and the 5-hour GREAT THINGS ABOUT THE HOLIDAYS. Other recent projects for BRAVO include 20 MOST OUTRAGEOUS BRAVO MOMENTS and 13 SCARIER MOVIE MOMENTS. Sharp also produced FUSE’s highest rated series in network history, the sexy and silly, PANTS OFF DANCE OFF. Additionally for FUSE, Sharp developed and produced the 10-part documentary series VIDEOS THAT ROCKED THE WORLD, as well as the 8-part reality series BACKSTAGE PASSPORT, which revealed the hair-raising exploits, excess and insanity of punk band NOFX’s world tour. Other series and specials include IPOD REVOLUTION for DISCOVERY CHANNEL, CRIMINAL RECORDS for truTV, 25 REAL ESTATE MISTAKES for HGTV and numerous additional hours for VH1, including the hit 5-hour countdown 100 GREATEST RED CARPET MOMENTS.
Over the past 9 years, Sharp Entertainment has become the go-to production company for fun, original programming, invigorating each unique project with their signature smart and energetic stamp. From reality series to studio shows and from fact-based programming to live events, Sharp Entertainment’s creativity and adaptability has positioned the company as a lasting leader in the ever-evolving new age of media. Sharp Entertainment became a division of CORE Media Group in July of 2012.