Co-CEO and Executive Producer
Sean Gallagher is Co-CEO and Executive Producer of Half Yard Productions. With business partner, Abby Greensfelder, Gallagher envisioned a production company that captured stories about real people and told in an authentic manner. Real reality TV. Founding Half Yard Productions in 2006 allowed Gallagher to take a deep dive into the background of the many ordinary, everyday people doing extraordinary things in the world. Whether it’s following isolated families living on refuge land with Discovery and Animal Planet’s critically acclaimed series The Last Alaskans, capturing one of the most important and emotional decisions in a bride’s life: choosing her wedding dress in TLC’s long-running series Say Yes to the Dress, now in its 14th season, figuring out How the States Got Their Shapes on History Channel or transforming scraps of metal into money-making custom cars on Velocity’s Junkyard Empire, Half Yard Productions is telling hundreds of unforgettable stories that are seen by millions of viewers worldwide.
Drawing on his personal passions and interests as a springboard for new show ideas, Gallagher travels the country meeting fisherman, loggers, heroes and characters that he then brings to life for viewers on over 17 different networks and on multiple platforms across the country, Canada and Europe. And he always tells their personal stories through the Half Yard lens – exceptionally entertaining and truly original. Realscreen Magazine has designated Half Yard Productions one of its Global 100, its annual list of the world’s top non-fiction and unscripted production companies.
Before striking out on his own, Gallagher was senior vice president of production and development for TLC, overseeing all internal and external program development for the network. During his tenure, he launched hit series Miami Ink and Little People, Big World, among many others. Prior to his tenure at TLC, Gallagher served as vice president of development for Discovery Channel where he oversaw the network’s development efforts with specific responsibility for the development and management of the popular and successful Monster franchise, including Monster Garage and Monster House. Gallagher’s duties at Discovery included the network’s primetime production unit, where he served as executive producer on American Chopper, Dirty Jobs and MythBusters.
Before joining Discovery, Gallagher was a freelance producer in the Washington, D.C. area for clients such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and PBS. Gallagher began his career at the Monitor Channel in Boston, where he worked on magazine shows, local affiliate news and children’s programming.
Born and raised in Bangor, Maine, Gallagher moved with his wife to Washington, D.C. where they are raising their daughter and two sons. Gallagher received his bachelor's degree in corporate video communication from Southern Connecticut State University. An avid tri-athlete and five-time Ironman, Gallagher trains year-round but makes sure he gets in quality TV time with the family.
Half Yard Productions is a part of Red Arrow Entertainment Group (a ProSiebenSat.1 Group company).