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.