Co-CEO and Executive Producer
Gallagher envisioned a production company that captured stories about real people that could be told in an authentic manner. Real reality TV. Founding Half Yard Productions in 2006 with business partner Abby Greensfelder allowed Gallagher to take a deep dive into the background of the many ordinary everyday people in the world doing extraordinary things. He made the right choice. Whether it’s metal detector enthusiasts hunting down history on National Geographic’s Diggers or catfish hunting buddies on Animal Planet’s Hillbilly Handfishin’, Half Yard Productions is telling hundreds of stories that are seen by millions of viewers worldwide.
Using his own 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 across the country. He tells their personal stories from the Half Yard perspective – entertaining and original.
Before striking out on his own, Gallagher was senior vice president of production and development for TLC, overseeing all internal and external program development efforts for the network and launching hit series such as Miami Ink and Little People, Big World. Prior to his tenure at TLC, Gallagher served as vice president of development for Discovery Channel where he oversaw all of 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 also extended to the network’s primetime unit, where he served as executive producer on American Chopper, Dirty Jobs and MythBusters.
Before joining Discovery, Gallagher served as a freelance producer in the Washington, D.C. area for clients such as the Federal Emergency Management Agency 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 put down roots. 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).