“Gun Control” is the fast-paced, high-octane adventure show centered around today’s discussion on firearms. Throw firearms industry professionals, athletes, celebrities and politicians together in an adventure experience with the most popular, the most historical, the coolest new firearms and it is out of control viewing excitement, all the while tackling the big issues.
Safety Harbor, Fla. (January 2017) – Leigh Simons, President of Leigh Simons Productions and GunTV Co-founder and creative director, proudly launches a new television series centered on firearms, “Gun Control.” Known as one of the most prolific and successful Boxing and MMA documentary producers in the world, Simons has created a show that combines the action adventure series gun show model with a Prime-time news show model all focused around the controversial firearms industry to create a revolutionary new television program.
“Imagine a show where guests vehemently disagree with each other on serious Gun Control issues then go on a firearms expedition together bonding through the experience, this is groundbreaking,” Leigh Simons said. “Think of it as an edgy Anderson Cooper meets Anthony Bourdain type show with lots of guns firing and lots of opinions and facts flying.”
At the 2017 SHOT Show, held January 17 – 20 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Gun Control’s Leigh Simons will be on the hunt for the first eight firearms systems to appear on the television show, including the pilot episode slated to begin shooting first quarter 2017.
The companies chosen to participate will not only have their firearms handled by elite and professional shooters, but will be able to reach a larger audience than any previous platform offered within the industry. For once, the story of the gun will be told frankly and honestly, with the passion of those that designed it, produced it and for many, have carried or used it to save their lives.
The show takes viewers on a roller coaster ride through exotic locations and thrilling firearms related adventures featuring celebrities, firearms industry professionals, competitive shooters, designers and manufacturers and everyday Americans who embrace the firearms culture; whether it is the thrill of the hunt or target practice to fulfill the need for self-protection. Simons, will tackle the tough issues and alongside his companions endure the hardship of every risky adventure while keeping audiences thoroughly engaged and sitting on the edge of their seats.
Leigh Simons Productions, founded in 1987, has been offering compelling, original content for the television, music, and motion picture industries for 30 years. The company’s celebrated work includes documentaries, network series and viral campaigns generating 100’s of millions of viewers.
Simons has worked with Hollywood A-listers, Grammy-award-winning musicians, and world-renowned athletes creating impactful, high-quality programming. He has been involved in the marketing and distribution of more than 50 feature films, and worked as a TV host for HBO, Cinemax, Discovery Networks and Ring Magazine TV. He produced the Discovery series “Secrets of Superstar Fitness” which featured celebrities like Johnny Depp, Sylvester Stallone, Hugh Jackman, Christie Brinkley, Petra Nemcova, and more.
Discovered by Oscar De La Hoya during the filming of “Secrets of Superstar Fitness” under Oscar’s Golden Boy Promotions banner, Simons became a master of the combat sport documentary. Simons has produced over 40 Pay –Per-View and combat sports documentary’s including working as a creative director and producer for Oscar De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Promotions for over a decade as well as Spikes Bellator franchise. During this tenure with Golden Boy Simons produced 8 Pay-Per-View Campaigns for Undefeated Floyd “Money” Mayweather generating over a billion dollars in revenue and contributing to his success in becoming the highest paid athlete in the history of sports. In 2013, Simons wrote, directed, and produced the sports documentary “Countdown to The One” for Showtime and Fox Networks. The PPV event was the highest grossing event in the history of Pay-Per-View at that time. For Spike in just 20 months Simons has produced 5 Bellator 1 hour specials that generated record breaking tune in numbers for fights featuring Ken Shamrock, the late Kimbo Slice, Joyce Gracie, Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson to name a few. In June of 2014, Leigh Simons Productions chronicled Oscar de la Hoya’s induction to the Boxing Hall of Fame for “Puncher to Promoter,” an upcoming documentary on the famed fighter’s life that Simons and De la Hoya have been collaborating on for over a decade. Additionally, “Keep Shooting,” a documentary on the life of beloved New York Knick guard John Starks is scheduled for completion and release in the summer of 2018.
In 2016 Leigh Simons turned his attention to one of the fastest growing sports in the country; shooting sports. As a co-founder and creative director of GunTV and The Social Responsibility Network the first television firearms and accessory shopping channel ever produced and aired, Simons brings his laser focus to a wider American audience with Gun Control to open a healthy dialogue dispelling myths and opening eyes to the greater world of firearms and their American legacy.