Finer Thomas Productions is a talent management and multi-media production company specializing in comedy based in New York City and Toronto, Canada.
On the management side, co-founders Abby Finer and Pamela Thomas represent and manage professionally trained, comedic performers and writers with backgrounds in sketch, improv, and stand-up in the three most notable North American comedy hubs: New York City, Los Angeles and Toronto.
As credited executive producers, Finer Thomas Productions is dedicated to the craft of comedy development – from inception of a concept or format, through the writing, casting, production and delivery of hilarious, unique quality content. Abby and Pamela have successfully worked with numerous broadcast and cable networks, major studios and an array of production companies in the U.S. and Canada. Finer Thomas Productions executes scripted, unscripted and alternative/hybrid programming, primarily for television and web-based content, which includes branded entertainment.
What They Do
As talent managers, Finer Thomas Productions submits clients for feature film, television, commercials, PSAs, web projects, short films and theater auditions on a daily, round-the-clock basis. In addition, many of their clients have specific aspirations of writing for sitcom or late night TV and are given professional feedback and guidance on their endeavors. Abby and Pamela also help strategize and execute their clients’ short and long term goals.
On the producing side, Abby and Pamela are hands-on, developing all types of projects with their management clients and non-clients alike. Collectively, Finer Thomas Productions and the creators develop and pitch potential show ideas and original material to network buyers, with the end goal of having a script, pilot and/or series ordered. Finer Thomas Productions’ expertise includes knowledge of TV and digital buyers’ landscape and bringing in projects that are not derivative of what already exists. As managers and executive producers, Abby and Pamela are known in the entertainment industry circles for discovering fresh ideas and faces and knowing how to bring them together.
Finer Thomas Productions also has an exclusive deal with The PIT (People’s Improv Theater – a NYC based comedy school and theater), which allows direct access to over 300 of the most advanced-level professional performers and writers that are part of the comedy community.
All of Finer Thomas Productions’ management clients have written and performed digital content for some of the most popular comedy sites, including Funny or Die, College Humor and Above Average. Most clients have their own large YouTube followings. On the TV production side, the company has many projects in various stages of development, including a musical sketch comedy show, a female buddy comedy and a TV/video comedy documentary series.
How FINER THOMAS PRODUCTIONS Can Help Your Company?
Let’s face it – comedy sells! Well-executed content gets noticed and often becomes viral, reaching audiences beyond traditional marketing. Funny video content is typically shared more often other forms of content, so it’s become vital to strike the balance of effective messaging and humor in promotions. Think “mini-commercial” for your web site!
Finer Thomas Productions can spearhead the creation, casting and production of video content with their far-reaching relationships throughout the entertainment industry’s creative community. As skilled storytellers with access to highly-trained comedic talent, as well as recognizable celebrities, Finer Thomas Productions will hand-pick, organize and oversee a team of professional writers, performers (e.g., actors, singers, rappers, dancers) and a full-service production crew. They will brainstorm and pitch ideas, write, perform, shoot and edit original content to add to your web site.
If your company is interested in creating compelling, funny video content to promote the company itself, its product(s) and/or service(s) internally or for the web, Finer Thomas Productions will provide expertise and help build your brand awareness. Funny video content not only has to live on your web site, but can be easily cross-promoted on YouTube, Facebook, blogs and across the web – which can result in reaching an even wider audience!
Abby Finer began her television entertainment career at Disney/ABC Entertainment in Los Angeles, having worked in their scripted comedy, reality and variety series development departments. She then solely executive produced the TV pilot – for what has now become one of Canada’s highest grossing formats of all time. The show entitled KENNY VS. SPENNY, has aired in the US and around the world in over 30 countries for six seasons. On the scripted side, Abby co-ran the prestigious Warner Bros. Television Writers’ Workshop, which was designed for up-and-coming writers to be trained to work on the studio’s comedy and drama television shows. Abby also co-wrote the book, STARTING YOUR TELEVISION WRITING CAREER: THE WARNER BROS. TELEVISION WRITERS’ WORKSHOP GUIDE. She has also overseen development at several production companies, as well conducting TV writing workshops and seminars. A member of the NY chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and NY Women in Film and Television, Abby’ is based in New York City.
Pamela Thomas career spans over twenty years in the comedy business. She’s best known for having discovered the comedic talent of SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE’s Will Ferrell, Chris Farley, Maya Rudolph, show runner Emily Spivey and the Canadian sketch team, Kids in the Hall. She has produced many TV series, including KIDS IN THE HALL, THE VACANT LOT, and I’M WITH BUSEY, as well as several Emmy-nominated web projects. While living in Los Angeles, Pamela had a three-year production deal at HBO, served as VP Creative Affairs for Roseanne Barr’s production company and had overseen several other management/production companies. In addition to management and producing duties, Pamela sits on the board for the Canadian Comedy Awards and teaches career strategy seminars in Canada and the US. She currently lives in Toronto.
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– Abby Finer