Powderhouse Productions Sees Growth in Massachusetts Media Production.

Boston, MA (PRWEB) June 16, 2009

Powderhouse Productions, a national leader in the creation and production of non-fiction primetime television programming, today announced that it has renewed its production contract for the highly successful Animal Planet series, Dogs 101. This announcement is the latest win in a period of growth for the company, and for the Media & Entertainment industry in Massachusetts. Powderhouse has been producing high profile prime-time programming from its Somerville studios for over 15 years.

“We are definitely seeing a period of dramatic growth. We’ve more than doubled our number of employees in the past year,” said Joel Olicker, co-founder and CEO of Powderhouse Productions. “Its clear the industry as a whole is going through a major upheaval. As one of the largest entertainment companies in Massachusetts, we feel very well positioned to take advantage of this region’s resources and talent to continue growing and pushing into new areas.

The company points to a number of factors, which give Massachusetts an advantage in this shifting market. Massachusetts’s universities are consistently producing graduates well qualified for the wide range of jobs and careers in Media & Entertainment. The tax environment in Massachusetts has given the area a boost when companies are considering investing in this industry. Also, rapid gains in technology make remote collaboration possible between creative team members across the country or the planet.

“The Massachusetts Advantage is so much more than movie stars flying in and shooting at great locations,” said Tug Yourgrau, Founder and President of Powderhouse Productions. “Our programs are shot all over the world, and now more than ever before, we can bring it all back here for shooting, editing and post-production. Considering the type of non-fiction programming we do, we see the advent of High Definition and digital television, the continued growth of cable, and the explosion in web and mobile video all pointing to a vibrant and healthy industry. We are really at the beginning of a very exciting new era.”

About Powderhouse Productions:

Powderhouse is an award-winning cable and broadcast content development production company based in Somerville, MA. They have produced such hit programs as: Dogs 101, Build it Bigger, Extreme Engineering and Raising Cain. Powderhouse programs are seen on many of the most well-known cable networks in the world, such as Discovery, Animal Planet, History Channel as well as many PBS stations nationwide. Internationally, their series and programs have been seen in over 200 countries. Powderhouse’s work has been recognized with a national prime time Emmy nomination, The Beijing International Science Film Festival Silver Medal, The Houston World Fest Gold Special Jury Award, The CINDY Award, The National Educational Media Network’s Bronze Apple Award, The Communicators Award – Crystal Award of Excellence and The Cine Gold Eagle.

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