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Pie Town dishes up new projects

Prod'n co. touts deals with Food Net, HGTV, TLC, Lifetime

They’re cooking up new projects at Pie Town Prods., which has also restructured its staff to handle what’s in the oven.

Scott Templeton has been upped to executive producer alongside Pie Town founders Tara Sandler and Jennifer Davidson. Pie Town (TLC’s “A Baby Story”) has also hired Greg Spring as development executive and consulting producer.

Pie Town, which was launched in 1995 and specializes in lifestyle programs, has a number of series greenlit or in development at cable webs, including the Food Network, HGTV, TLC and Lifetime.

Projects include “Cooking School Stories,” bowing Oct. 1 on Food Network, and “Landscapers’ Challenge,” set for a spring 2002 bow on HGTV.

TLC has picked up a series of primetime documentary specials from Pie Town titled “Manhunt.” The company has the pilot “Trading Places” set up at Lifetime and another pilot, “$40 Adventures,” at the Food Network.

Besides “A Baby Story,” Pie Town produces the HGTV series “Designing for the Sexes,” “Designers’ Challenge,” “House Hunters,” “Weekend Warriors” and “Going Home.”

Spring will assist Pie Town with development, as well as guiding the company as it looks to expand into the realms of firstrun syndication and broadcast network programming.

Spring previously served as a director of programming and development at King World Prods., where he worked on series such as “The Roseanne Show,” “The Martin Short Show,” “The Howard Stern Radio Show” and “18 Wheels of Justice.” He helped develop syndie fare such as “Ananda Lewis.”

Prior to that, he was L.A. bureau chief of Electronic Media.

“Greg’s programming sensibilities and knowledge of the business are a great fit for what we are doing here at Pie Town,” Davidson said.

Templeton will oversee all Pie Town series with Sandler and Davidson. Before joining the company in 1997, Templeton was a producer on skeins including “Loveline” and “Totally Hidden Video.”

“Scott’s talents and contributions have been invaluable to the growth of Pie Town over the past several years,” Sandler said.

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