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Tim Crescenti
President Small World IFT, USA

Tim Crescenti founded Small World IFT in August 2005 with his wife, Colleen, and in just eight years has cultivated a global reputation for finding the most unique and entertaining television properties around the world for format distribution. In 2010, Broadcast magazine named Tim Crescenti as a Top Dealmaker in international television.

Tim has brought the world such global hits as…
Dragons’ Den – Shark Tank, I Survived a Japanese Game Show – Big in Japan, Silent Library, Miss Country Girl, The Night Patrol, Tarrant Lets the Kids Loose — Old Enough and most recently The Fan and Japanizi Going Going Gong!

From reality and game shows to world concert festivals and documentaries, Crescenti has a history of identifying the most unique and phenomenally successful projects. In the past year, Small World has stepped into several unique and untapped territories, including Thailand, Romania, Finland and recently South Korea, acquiring long-running and award-winning hits like 3 Idiots from CJ E&M, and The Night Patrol in Finland from Aito Media. Other finds include the Rose d’Or nominated The Day Before I Die, Hide The Smile and Rescuing Santa. Small World introduced its’ first scripted format The Kitchen Musical (The Group Entertainment, Singapore).

Small World has also forged ties in Romania, scooping up breakout ratings hit Miss Country Girl from Media Factory and Prima TV.  As one network president commented to Tim last year, “where the hell do you find this great stuff?” That statement, or question, pretty much sums up our credo.

In 2008, Small World sold and launched the Danish paper format, Big in Japan, which aired for two seasons on the US network ABC as I Survived a Japanese Game Show, and adapted in Norway, Greece, Sweden and Denmark. The format became an international phenomenon, selling to 19 countries within a matter of weeks. Crescenti spearheaded the creation of a global turnkey production operation in Tokyo, and in May 2009, the show won the prestigious Rose d’Or Award for Best Reality Program and the Golden Rose for best overall program in 2009.

At MIPCOM 2009, Small World introduced a spin-off of Big in Japan titled Japan Game Show Invasion, which just launched in November 2013 on DisneyXD in the USA and YTV –Canada, titled Japanizi Going Going Gong! which doubled the audience in one week!

With 29 years of television experience that encompasses producing over 160 shows in 63 countries from reality and game shows to world concert festivals to documentaries, combined with unique relationships with broadcasters and producers around the world, Small World IFT is a trusted name with broadcasters and producers the world.

Small World launched eight years ago with client Nippon Television, a relationship that emerged from their format Dragons’ Den, Tim’s discovery and acquisition in 2002 while at Sony Int’l TV and in it’s seventh season on the BBC. The show is currently airing on ABC under the new title, Shark Tank, with Mark Burnett producing. For four years, Small World worked with Nippon’s format library, including their hit show Old Enough, that aired on UKTV as “Tarrant Lets The Kids Loose,” as well as global adaptations of Silent Library (MTV three seasons), Masquerade, Train of Thought and World Records, sold to ABC, which aired as Master of Champions in 2006.

Prior to launching Small World, Crescenti was Vice President of International Production for Fox World, where he covered the worldwide roll-out of Fox’s expanding roster of international formats including Joe Millionaire, Simple Life, and My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé.

Before Fox poached him, Crescenti was based in London serving as Vice President of International Formats for Sony Pictures Television International. Tim acquired and introduced such winning formats as Russian Roulette and the BBC 2 mega-hit, Dragon’s Den.