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Steve Rotfeld Productions (SRP) is a television production, stock footage and broadcast syndication company based in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia. The company was founded in 1986 by President Steve Rotfeld.

Steve Rotfeld Productions
Founded1986; 33 years ago (1986)
FounderSteve Rotfeld
Headquarters,
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Key people
Steve Rotfeld (President)
Fern Rotfeld (director of syndication)
OwnerSteve Rotfeld

SRP currently produces six educational/informational (E/I)-compliant series through its syndication division: Wild About Animals, Awesome Adventures, Whaddyado, Chat Room and Animal Science. Additionally, SRP is currently producing one-hour quarterly specials of its popular sports programs Greatest Sports Legends and Sports Gone Wild. Since 1985, SRP's programs have appeared in national broadcast syndication and on major cable channels such as TLC, ESPN, ESPN Classic, Animal Planet, truTV and the Travel Channel.

HistoryEdit

Steve Rotfeld Productions was started in 1986 by Steve Rotfeld after working for his father for five years on sports-documentary series Greatest Sports Legends. Initially working out of the second level of his home, Rotfeld soon teamed with 44 Blue Productions on Bob Uecker’s Wacky World of Sports. With ESPN's The Lighter Side of Sports, his staff outgrew his home. In the Mid-1990s, SRP branched out into E/I programming with Wild About Animals and Awesome Adventures as that genre was left to the smaller producers.[1] In 2008, Steve Rotfeld established The WorkShop with SRP producer Tom Farrell.[1]

In Fall 2014, SRP began programming a two-hour weekly block for Fox Television Stations under a syndication agreement entitled Xploration Station.[2] With Sinclair Broadcasting Group adding Xploration Station to its station for five years starting in the fall 2016, the block added another hour.[3]

Stephanie Wolf, a former National Geographic Channel executive, was hired as director of development for Rotfeld Production in early January 2015. Wolf then sealed distribution deals with Electus, Sky Vision and Tricon.[4]

In Summer 2019, Rotfeld Productions announced three Apollo documentaries for various channels, streaming services and syndicated blocks for the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.[5]

Television showsEdit

  • Wild About Animals (syndicated by Fox owned & operated stations) Hosted by Mariette Hartley. The series was picked up by Animal Planet for three years.[1]
  • Awesome Adventures: Began airing in 1996; takes teens on incredible journeys all over the world to experience a wide range of destinations and diverse activities.[6] Hosted by Nicole Dabeau[3]
  • Whaddyado:[3] features people in real-life moral dilemmas and perilous situations to give young viewers a chance to ponder what they would do in the same situation.
  • Wild Weddings (TLC)[3] Outrageous wedding moments caught on tape.
  • The Lighter Side of Sports (ESPN)[1]
  • Sports Disasters:[3] Accidents involving athletes and spectators.[7]
  • Bob Uecker's Wacky World of Sports (syndication) "Mr. Baseball" Bob Uecker presents numerous sports bloopers and oddities[1]
  • Chat Room: A young panel discusses teen-oriented issues, giving their opinions, and advises kids how to deal with potential problems.
  • Animal Science: Shows viewers how and why animals behave using a scientific approach, with 3D animations, graphics, and analysis.
  • Sports Gone Wild:[3] features bloopers, crazy moments and incredible plays from the world of sports. In 2012, the classic sports series will air as one-hour specials each quarter.
  • Apollo Chronicles (CW July 20, 2019; Roku July 2019) documentary covering the 12 years from Sputnik to the moon landing. The film include FBI documents newly declassified and CIA operations untold stories.[5]
  • The Armstrong Tapes (National Geographic U.S.) one-hour documentary special coproduction with National Geographic Channel airing on July 8, 2019 using Neil Armstrong's never-before-heard audio interviews of 70 hours[5]
  • Countdown to Apollo (Xploration Station) 2019 - 8 episodes of 30 minutes length[5]

Xploration StationEdit

In Fall 2014, SRP will begin programming a two-hour weekly block for Fox Television Stations under a syndication agreement entitled Xploration Station.[2] With Sinclair Broadcasting Group adding Xploration Station to its station for five years starting in the fall 2016, the block added another hour.[3] Xploration Station has received two Daytime Emmy Awards: Xploration Earth 2050 won in the category of Outstanding Special Class Series in 2018,[8] , and Weird but True, a co-production with National Geographic Kids, won in the category of Outstanding Educational Informational Series in 2019.[9]

The WorkShopEdit

In 2008, Steve Rotfeld established The WorkShop with SRP producer Tom Farrell.[1] The full-service media production company currently produces the Golf Channel's The Haney Project, now in its fourth season,[10] and Independence USA on GBTV, Glen Beck's live streaming video network.

Golf Channel programming

Past WorkShop series include Donald J. Trump's Fabulous World of Golf and Golf in America.[11][12]

  • Independence USA (GBTV) The reality series follows Frank Belcastro and his family as they prepare to live life "off the grid," in the event of a potential catastrophe. The series premiered on GBTV, Glen Beck's live streaming video network, January 18, 2012.

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  • The Haney Project features Hank Haney (Tiger Woods's former swing coach) teaching a celebrity how to become a better golfer. Since its premiere, the show has featured NBA Hall-of-Famer Charles Barkley; Emmy Award-winning actor/comedian Ray Romano; and controversial radio talk-show host, Rush Limbaugh. The fourth season of The Haney Project (airing February – April 2012) will feature four celebrities: Adam Levine (Maroon 5 and The Voice), legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard, celebrity chef Mario Batali, and former super model Angie Everhart competing against each other for the chance to win over $100,000 for the charity of their choice.[15]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f David, By (2010-02-22). "The Kid Stayed in the Pictures | Broadcasting & Cable". Broadcastingcable.com. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  2. ^ a b Albiniak, Paige (December 17, 2013). "Fox Stations Add SRP's Two-Hour STEM Block". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved June 29, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Albiniak, Paige (March 17, 2015). "Sinclair to Partner With SRP for 'Xploration Station' Starting Fall 2016". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  4. ^ Dickens, Andrew (January 28, 2015). "SRP hires Nat Geo exec". C21media. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d Anderson, By (2019-06-20). "Three Apollo 11 docs head to U.S. networks | Realscreens". realscreen.com. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  6. ^ Tweets and Retweets From the Editors (2010-01-27). "SRP Renews Three Weekly E/I Series". TVNewsCheck.com. Retrieved 2016-10-01.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  7. ^ Sports Disasters (2004-04-15). "Sports Disasters Episodes". TVGuide.com. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  8. ^ Heller, By (2018-04-29). "Daytime Emmy Awards 2018 Winners: The Complete List | eonline". eonline.com. Retrieved 2018-04-30.
  9. ^ No name, By (2019-05-13). "1THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF TELEVISION ARTS & SCIENCES ANNOUNCES WINNERS FOR THE 46th ANNUAL DAYTIME CREATIVE ARTS EMMY®AWARDS | emmyonline" (PDF). emmyonline.org. Retrieved 2019-05-14.
  10. ^ Jon Weisman (2009-05-28). "Golf Channel swings for 'Haney'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  11. ^ Marisa, By (2009-02-16). "Golf Channel Plays 'Golf in America' |". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  12. ^ Jon Weisman (2009-12-15). "Golf Channel to tee 'Trump'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  13. ^ "Glenn Beck's GBTV Set to Launch Reality Show 'Independence U.S.A.'". Hollywood Reporter. 2011-12-13. Retrieved 2016-10-01.
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ "Archive » The WorkShop hitting the green with fourth season of "Haney Project"". Realscreen. Retrieved 2016-10-01.

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