Puddle Monkey Productions

Our continual goal is to create extraordinary stories that challenge preconceptions while celebrating the incredible diversity of the human condition. Or at least have some fun, pay the bills, and get people talking.

Sister Wives

Early in 2009 Tim Gibbons came up with the idea of developing a TV series about a polygamist family living in Utah. Over his 20 year career working in TV, Tim had personally met many polygamist men and women in the US as well as in developing countries around the world and the idea grew that there was a much more complicated and compelling story than what was being reported by the national media.

The first step was to approach the fundamentalist Mormon community -- the religious group in the US most well known for the practice of polygamy. He started by contacting Anne Wilde at Principal Voices -- an informal, nondenominational Fundamentalist Mormon media relations organization. Meeting Anne at her home, Tim outlined his vision of a reality series focused solely on the everyday struggles of a typical polygamist family. the idea of the series was not to create a debate on whether polygamy was right or wrong but rather to simply document a polygamist family and let the viewers decide for themselves what they thought of the lifestyle. Tim explained to Anne that there would be no experts who would comment on the show nor would there be opposing viewpoints explored. it would be produced in the same genre as the highly successful, large family shows seen on TLC and other networks. Tim reinforced that the primary goal was to intimately document the daily lives of one family and by so doing, create a window into a lifestyle and faith that had never been truly documented before.

Anne Wilde saw the value of such programming and she suggested a few families. After seeing a small 2-minute BBC news story that was produced about the Brown family Tim knew right away that he had found his subjects. He asked Anne to approach the Browns and see if they would be interested. A month later Tim talked to Kody Brown and over the course of several months Tim gained the trust of the Brown family and in the summer of 2009 Tim produced an 11-minute teaser reel documenting the Brown family's complicated but generally happy life.

With the teaser reel edited Tim knew he lacked the "above-the-line" experience to produce the show on his own. He also came to realize that he needed a partner that he respected and could trust, and one person came to mind, his friend of over 10 years, the veteran reality television producer and then Supervising Producer of NBC's hugely successful "Wipeout", Christopher Poole. Together Christopher and Tim formed Puddle Monkey Productions and they started strategizing on how best to produce the series.

In the fall of 2009 Tim and Christopher approached Bill Hayes and Kirk Streb at Figure 8 Films, the Executive Producers of "Jon and Kate Plus 8". Bill and Kirk's long history of success with shows for TLC was the glue that cemented the deal with the network. In early 2010 contracts were signed and before the ink was even dry, production began on the ground-breaking new series: "Sister Wives".

In the fall of 2010, 7 episodes aired and viewers across the country were astounded to see three intelligent and independent women all married to an unexpectedly charming polygymist man. It blew the doors off the stereotypes that America had been led to believe about this lifestyle and the series was a critical success before even the first episode aired. The 7-part first season followed the introduction of a fourth wife, a single mom with three children of her own, into the already sizable Brown family. "Sister Wives" was an instant ratings success. On the day of its premiere, "Sister Wives" was the third highest rated show on all of cable television, and the show continued to grow, with even higher ratings for the first season finale featuring the wedding day of the fourth wife.

The extraordinary success of subsequent seasons across the succeeding 9 years proves that audiences has fallen in love with this amazing family and that the show continues to entertain and enlighten, far beyond any initial fascination with a titillating lifestyle. Christopher and Tim are proud to produce Sister Wives -- a show that htey strongly believe is both entertaining and socially relevant.

https://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/sister-wives/






Christopher Poole

Christopher Poole

CHRISTOPHER POOLE (THE PUDDLE)

Christopher can’t help but think that the other bios here are funnier and better written than his own… but hopefully that is the heart and soul of being a good executive producer. Christopher believes that the most important part of his job is to bring together phenomenally talented people and get them to do extraordinary work.

In 1988, Christopher started out producing and directing theater in New York City. His most successful production was the New York premiere of Tom Stoppard’s translation of a Vaclav Havel play, Largo Desolato. While in rehearsals, the iron curtain parted and Vaclav Havel became President of Czechoslovakia. The play was glowingly reviewed and completely sold out, but it made so little money that Christopher promptly headed into film and television.

At a company called Interlink Productions, Christopher produced and directed high-end corporate videos for Pfizer, PolyGram, The Cousteau Society and many others. He rose to a partnership position at the company and was awarded a top honor in non-broadcast film, the CINE Golden Eagle, an award nobody has ever heard of. In 1990, Christopher was offered a position on one of the grandfathers of reality television; NBC’s Unsolved Mysteries.

Christopher has worked as line producer, production manager and 1st AD on several independent features - shooting films in such exotic locales as Jordan, Bulgaria, New Jersey and rural Illinois. Being interrogated by Jordanian secret police over missing walkie talkies was not really what he wanted out of his career in film…so he pushed his way into the only slightly less exciting television industry, producing and directing for such high-profile shows as Penn & Teller: Bullshit, Biography and It’s A Miracle - the biggest hit on the short-lived network PAX. That gig, led to his being sent to Vancouver to EP the struggling spin-off show: Miracle Pets. Christopher engineered a big turnaround in the ratings and the show was extended for two more seasons. Since that first executive producer job almost ten years ago Christopher has been the show runner of television productions for networks such as HGTV, TLC and The Discovery Channel. Along the way he has won two Telly Awards, which at least a few people have heard of. His last job before starting Puddle Monkey Productions was as Supervising Producer of ABC’s biggest summer hit, Wipeout.

Puddle Monkey may be a young company, but it’s poised and ready to make a difference with new and exciting programming. Christopher is honored to be forging this endeavor with his friend of a dozen years, the insanely creative and talented Tim Gibbons, and the other extraordinary talents who are helping to build Puddle Monkey into a company known for producing successful, high quality programming.

Tim Gibbons

Tim Gibbons

TIM GIBBONS (THE MONKEY)

“…a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma…”
— Winston Churchill

Back in 1990 Tim received a B.A. in filmmaking from Vassar College. Armed with this shiny bit of parchment Tim promptly moved to Salt Lake City and landed his first job in show business serving coffee and donuts on the set of the feature film “A Midnight Clear”. Over the past two decades Tim has clawed his way up, down and side-ways in the television and motion picture industries. Tim has shot for virtually every network listed in your weekly TV Guide including National Geographic, PBS’ Nova, The Discovery Channel, The History Channel, TLC and HGTV. Some would say he has a proclivity for documentary work as a Director/Cameraman.

At risk of imitating a Chip and Dale routine Tim would like to acknowledge the unique working relationship that he and Christopher Poole have cultivated for over the past 12 years. It’s rare for two people to work together so seamlessly and Tim would be the first to acknowledge that this stems from Christopher’s transcendent management style. His wisdom and Buddha-like calm demeanor make every one of us at Puddle Monkey better storytellers.

Tim lives in Salt Lake City with his wife Megan, their little girl Harper, and baby boy Rowen.