We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock. We make TV.
Pilgrim Studios produces a ton of programming for a bunch of awesome networks like Discovery, HISTORY, Syfy, Lifetime, OWN, Animal Planet, WE tv and National Geographic Channel. From concept development to network delivery, we do it all.
Our shows must be pretty good, because they usually last a while. A couple of old favorites you might remember are American Chopper, which ran for ten years (many consider it the first “docu-soap” ever), and Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, which ran for eight seasons and even snagged a few Emmy nominations for Best Reality Program (and yes, Mike Rowe is very handsome). Trademark Pilgrim series that are still ticking include The Ultimate Fighter, which helped turn mixed martial arts (MMA) into a multi-billion dollar industry; Ghost Hunters, the #1 paranormal franchise on television; and David Tutera: CELEBrations, which has made us cry more times than we will admit. We also produce some newer shows you may have heard of, like Wicked Tuna, about the cutthroat, high-stakes business of Bluefin tuna fishing in Gloucester, Massachusetts; Bring It, a spotlight on the elite world of hip-hop majorette competitions; My Big Fat Fabulous Life, a heartfelt look at the life of Whitney Thore, a dancer who gained fame after posting the viral video, “A Fat Girl Dancing;” Fast N’ Loud, an adrenaline-fueled automotive restoration show; and Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, a docu-series following the matriarch behind a collection of family-run soul food restaurants in St. Louis.
But Pilgrim is no one-trick pony. We may be known for non-fiction television, but the scripted side of our business is growing rapidly, too. So far, our multi-picture deal with Lifetime has included the original movies Amanda Knox: Murder On Trial In Italy, Abducted: The Carlina White Story, and Stalkers — all inspired by true events and real people (we needed to ease ourselves in, after all). We’ve also got a series on ABC Family (Recovery Road) and a mini-series for History in the hopper.
And, not to toot our own horn or anything, but our two-hour special for Discovery’s annual “Shark Week,” Megalodon: The Monster Shark Lives, broke multiple viewership records and earned the highest rating of any program in Shark Week’s 26-year history. Just sayin’.
We could keep listing stuff, but that would be boring, and boring is the one thing we are not. Basically, every time you change the channel, chances are you will land on a Pilgrim show. Whether we’re documenting the never-dull life of an always-hilarious single mom (Raising Whitley), chasing after street racers in Oklahoma City (Street Outlaws), or exploring (for the first time ever on television), the colorful culture of vintage automobiles in Cuba (Cuban Chrome), one thing remains the same — our dedication to finding remarkable characters, showcasing their talents and telling their stories. We’re not about cheap gimmicks, contrived plotting or fifteen minutes of fame. We’re proud of the work we do, and it shows.
Anyway, that’s a little about us. Thanks for reading and checking out our website. Most importantly, thanks for watching the television we create. As the Mayflower gang would have told minister Richard Clyfton if transatlantic communication existed when they established Plymouth Colony in 1620: “If it weren’t for you, we wouldn’t be here.”
(And thanks, Wikipedia, for helping us make that joke.)