3 Ball Entertainment is one of television’s most prolific producers of reality and non-fiction programming, both for broadcast and cable. Fully independent, the company employs more than 225 people in a state-of-the-art, 40,000 square-foot facility in Manhattan Beach, California.
3 Ball’s long-running hit series include Bar Rescue for Spike; My Cat from Hell for Animal Planet; LA Hair for WE tv; Kitten Bowl for Hallmark Channel; and Extreme Weight Loss for ABC (which airs as Obese in 130 countries). Other long-running, genre-creating franchises include the worldwide hit Beauty and the Geek (six seasons on CW); the ground-breaking For Love or Money (four seasons on NBC); as well as NBC’s Age of Love; I Used to be Fat and Kingin’ with Tyga for MTV; Flying Wild Alaska for Discovery; Breaking Bonaduce, The Pick-Up Artist and Scott Baio is 45 and Single for VH1; Unan1mous for FOX; Hammer Time for A&E; Fourth and Long for Spike; Groomer Has It for Animal Planet; and the series that started the company, Endurance, which ran for seven seasons on Discovery. 3 Ball has additional series in production and development with networks including FOX, Discovery, Spike, Travel, A+E, FYI, CNBC, Food, E!, Oxygen and WE tv.
3 Ball Entertainment was originally founded in 2001 as 3 Ball Productions, which was acquired in 2006 by Eyeworks, one of the world’s largest independent production groups comprised of 16 companies across continental Europe, Scandinavia, South America, New Zealand, Australia and the US, where the company was known as Eyeworks USA. The rebranding of Eyeworks USA to 3 Ball Entertainment – officially launched in January 2015 – followed Warner Bros.’ 2014 acquisition of the Eyeworks group of 15 international production companies, excluding the US.
3 Ball Entertainment’s leadership includes:
- Chairman Reinout Oerlemans (original founder of Eyeworks Group worldwide)
- Chief Executive Officer/Co-Founder of 3 Ball Productions Todd A. Nelson
- Co-Chief Executive Officer Ross Weintraub
- President Ronak Kordestani
- EVP of Production Matt Allyn