American Chopper executive producer Franco Porporino has launched his own development company RadarOnline.com exclusively learned.
He played a pivotal role in bringing back the Discovery Channel hit series starring Paul Teutul Sr. and now has a slate of new projects in development with his company Kissfly Productions.
"It has truly been an exciting year for me," Porporino told Radar.
"People dream of making it in Hollywood and I have been pounding the pavement since 2012. My big break came when my friend, comedian and mega producer George Lopez, gave me the opportunity and believed in me."
In 2017, after Porporino interviewed Teutul Sr. on his radio show Brunching with Franco, the pair began discussing bringing back the hit reality series after being off the air for many years. Porporino's first call was to Lopez.
Two weeks later, they inked a deal with Original Productions in Burbank, California to bring the show back to the network.
American Chopper is heading into its second season after a successful return to the small screen earlier this year.
The reboot of the show served as a major stepping stone for Porporino.
"This is a very competitive business and one of the things that I have are my relationships with both my talent and my producing peers. I am excited to launch my own development company and to bring captivating stories to the small screen," he told Radar.
Porporino told Radar about his Tinseltown projects.
"Lori Rothschild Ansaldi at Tent City Productions is one of the most talented producers in Hollywood," he said about another creative partner.
"She is a creative genius and Jeff Conroy from BobCat Partners (formerly of Original Productions) is another natural talented producer that has an Emmy to back it up for his work on Deadliest Catch, Storage Wars, Monster Garage and so many more."
Porporino told Radar that he lives by a Francis Ford Coppola mantra. "I believe that filmmaking - as, probably, is everything - is a game you should play with all your cards, and all your dice, and whatever else you've got. So, each time I make a movie, I give it everything I have. I think everyone should, and I think everyone should do everything they do that way."
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