Ashley Gracile has created and produced 16 television series seen weekly in over 100 million U.S. homes and 100 million international homes.
Ashley Gracile's Bio:
Ashley Gracile is a leading Executive Producer and Showrunner who develops and produces lifestyle and reality television.
He conceived and produces long running, culture changing television titles like Distant Roads, Steel Dreams TV, Players Parking Only, Wellness For Life, Sport Compact TV, Hi-Intake TV, FreeRide, Road Classics, Spy Games, A Place in the Sun, RV Vacation Adventures, CyberQuest and A Place of Your Own.
Ashley has created an amazing 1,600 episodes of new television programming for North America’s top broadcast and cable television networks.
Several of these ground breaking television series have gone on to become television genres of their own.
Ashley Gracile oversees the development, production and business operations of over 840 hours of cable and syndicated television programming through his Los Angeles based production company GPI Content Corporation.
Ashley founded GPI Content Corporation to entertain audiences with compelling thought provoking stories and is responsible for the firm’s overall management and business performance.
Under Ashley Gracile's creative and business leadership GPI has produced 16 television series which have been distributed into well over 200 million homes around the world.
In fact, his programs have been continuously broadcast every week for the last 29 years by broadcast and cable television networks in the United States, Canada and worldwide.
Ashley Gracile pioneered outdoor recreation travel programming with his genre creating television series Distant Roads; the longest running most widely watched road travel TV series in the world. He’s been written about in major market daily newspapers like The Toronto Star and The Tampa Bay Times… leading trade magazines: TV Guide & Marketing Magazine and online resources like RVBusiness.com.
Recently, Ashley Gracile redefined first run broadcast television programming in the automotive enthusiast space with his ground breaking series Steel Dreams TV.
Ashley founded GPI to entertian audiences with compelling stories through broadcast television shows about the lifestyles they love.
Those TV programs have been seen on Discovery, Dish, DirecTV, Fox Sports, TSN, NBC Sports, ESPN, Cox Sports Network, Comcast Sports Network, CTV, Global TV, EGO TV, CBC, America One, The Nashville Network, The Outdoor Channel, The Family Channel, FamilyNet, MY Family TV, Retro TV, The Outdoor Life Network, Nuvolari TV, Motors TV, Speed Channel, Band Sports, Sport TV, Auto TV Russia, TUFF TV along with several American regional sports networks.
Ashley's syndicated television programming has been broadcast by over 200 ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, MNT, CW, CBC, CTV and GLOBAL affiliate, independent and network owned & operated local TV stations in the United States and Canada.
Included in this list of broadcasters are network O&O flagship stations: WABC-TV in New York (ABC), KCBS-TV (CBS) and KTTV-TV (FOX) in Los Angeles, WBBM-TV in Chicago (CBS) and CFTO-TV (CTV), CBLT-TV (CBC) CIII-TV (GLOBAL) in Toronto.
Ashley Gracile’s distinguished track record of lifestyle television programming development, production and distribution is listed below.
STEEL DREAMS: Creator, Executive Producer & Showrunner. Coast to coast coverage of rare cars, bikes, races, speed events, shows & celebrities in its 18th year of first-run, broadcast syndication reaching 102 million US TV households weekly for the 2019/2020 TV season on Dish DirecTV, YouToo America, COX Sports and more. 336 half-hour episodes.
DISTANT ROADS: Creator, Executive Producer & Showrunner. Genre Creating series on road and RV travel in the USA, Canada and Europe. In its 15th year of first-run, broadcast syndication reaching 101 million US TV households weekly for the 2019/2020 TV season. 636 half-hour episodes.
PLAYERS PARKING ONLY: Creator, Executive Producer & Showrunner. The cars today’s pro athletes restore, collect & own. FOX Sports, Discovery Channel. Youtoo America 75 million US & International TV households 2019/2020 TV season 13 half-hour episodes.
FORMULA DRIFT TV: Executive Producer & Showrunner (for hire by IMG) The world’s most recognized professional drifting competition series. Broadcast by NBC, ESPN, Motors TV, Speed Channel into 100 million US & International TV households 2010 season 13 half-hour episodes.
THAT'S BOATING: Creator, Executive Producer & Showrunner. The lifestyle, destinations & practical information that is pleasure boating. Broadcast syndication television series reaching 60 million US TV households weekly for the 2019/2020 TV season. 160 half-hour episodes.
A PLACE IN THE SUN: Creator, Executive Producer & Showrunner. Genre Creating broadcast syndication television series which showcases the world’s best vacation homes reaching 45 million US TV households weekly for the 2019/2020 TV season 130 half-hour episodes.
SPORT COMPACT TV: Creator, Executive Producer & Showrunner. The hottest tuner rides domestics & imports are featured in this Genre Creating broadcast syndication television series reaching 55 million US TV households weekly for the 2019/2020 TV season. 65 half-hour episodes.
ROAD CLASSICS: Creator, Executive Producer & Showrunner. The best of the best in classic cars & the people that restore ‘em in this broadcast syndication series that reaches 55 million US TV households weekly for the 2019/2020 TV season. 78 half-hour episodes.
FREERIDE: Creator, Executive Producer & Showrunner. Discover the greatest places to tour by vintage motorcycle and some tips on how to restore a classic bike in this broadcast syndication television series reaching 55 million US TV households weekly for the 2019/2020 TV season 52 half-hour episodes.
WELLNESS FOR LIFE: Creator, Executive Producer & Showrunner. We explore health & wellness issues from Western, Naturopathic and Eastern medical philosophies in this broadcast syndication television series that reaches 30 million US TV households weekly for the 2019/2020 TV season. 26 half-hour episodes.
SPY GAMES: Creator, Executive Producer & Showrunner. Broadcast television series where we talk shop with real spies at The International Spy Museum. These CIA, KGB and FBI operatives reveal the secrets of their tradecraft for the first time only on Spy Games which was shot entirely on location in Washington DC. 13 half-hour episodes.
HI-INTAKE TV: Creator, Executive Producer & Showrunner. Modified high performance JDM sport compact’s on the drag strip, drifting, auto-crosses and at the Japanese Grand Touring Championship. Conceived and created by Ashley Gracile lifestyle TV producer and seen on TSN. 13 half-hour episodes.
RV VACATION ADVENTURES: Creator, Executive Producer & Showrunner. The one that started it all; the very first Genre Creating RV television series in the world. Conceived and created by Ashley Gracile lifestyle TV producer and seen on The Outdoor Channel, Outdoor Life Network, Global Television Network 175 half-hour episodes.
A PLACE OF YOUR OWN: Ashley Gracile Creator, Executive Producer & Showrunner. 1st time homebuyers; what to do? How to do it & when to do it. CTV, Global Television Network 13 half-hour episodes.
CYBERQUEST: Ashley Gracile Creator, Executive Producer & Showrunner. We show you the on-line basics. CTV, Global Television Network 13 half-hour episodes.
Ashley Gracile's Experience:
President & CEO at GPI Content Corporation
2004 - Present | Los Angeles, California
Launched this first run broadcast television production company to create and syndicate content to local network affiliate and independent television stations and station groups in the United States.
In our first year of syndication, where the failure rate is over 99%, Distant Roads was cleared in over 60% of the nation including ABC's New York O&O - WABC-TV.
Today Distant Roads & another syndicated GPI series - Steel Dreams - mark their 11th and 15th consecutive years respectively in national broadcast syndication. Both series have received 26 episode renewals for the 2019/2020 television season.
Founder & President at GPI Visual Communications Limited
April 1994 - December 2008 | Tornto, Ontario
Founded and ran this commercial real estate holding and redevelopment company which focused on the acquisition, renovation and leasing of high-end multiple unit residential properties in the Yorkville/Summerhill neighborhoods of Toronto. The company’s flagship project was the acquisition, renovation and conversion of a 25,000 sq. ft. former industrial factory into High Definition broadcast television studios with satellite up-link, 6 HD edit suites, multiple format duplication, three sound stages with truck level loading docks, 25 producer offices, full commercial kitchen and parking for 35 cars.
President & Founder at Gracile Productions Inc.
September 1989 - September 2006 | Toronto Ontario
In the Fall of 1989 while still in his 20’s Ashley Gracile decided to "retire" from the accounting profession he so loathed and start a television production company. The problem with his plan was that the only thing Ashley knew about television was how to use a remote control and even that was a stretch.
But as they say persistence is about being too stupid to know when to quit… so Ashley went ahead and founded Gracile Productions Incorporated (GPI) in September of 1989.
Within three weeks of GPI opening it's doors Ashley pitched and sold a TV series on RV travel thereby creating more problems... Ashley knew nothing about RV’s he'd never even been inside of one; he knew even less about broadcast television series production. A TV series on RV's had never been done before. To make matters worse Ashley had virtually no hands-on business experience at all and he wasn't even thirty yet.
Somehow 12 weeks later GPI managed to deliver a 13 episode broadcast TV series called RV Vacation Adventures which premiered on January 5,1990 on a network O&O TV station in Toronto… a market whose equivalent DMA in the United States would be around #4.
RV Vacation Adventures was a hit and picked up for a second season and the rest as they say is history.
The show which would later become Distant Roads has stayed on the air for an astounding 1,300+ consecutive weeks (yes, it was on this week too). The over 610 episodes produced have been watched by over 30 million viewers in 8 languages in 20 countries worldwide. Under Ashley's leadership GPI would go on to create and sell another 7 series and more than 700 episodes of broadcast television programming and in doing so establish 2 television programming genres.
Over those 20 or so years GPI also acquired 5 companies, created an in hospital television network, distributed content in 12 languages to over 40 international territories while providing work for almost 3,000 employees and contractors.
Founder and Chairman at Health Broadcast Systems Inc.
1997 - 2004 | Toronto, Ontario
Ashley Gracile conceived, founded and led this narrow cast wellness & health centric television network with partner ITOCHU Corporation (NYSE: ITOCY).
HBS was carried by major health care facilities and hospitals in Canada and featured branded and editorial television content created by The Bascombe Group and it's parent company GPI.
Sold to Roehampton Equities creating a 3,372% ROI
Chairman & CEO at The Bascombe Group
1996 - 2002 | Toronto
In 1996 Ashley Gracile acquired The Bascombe Group, one of Canada top corporate communications firms.
In bringing his own multiple series broadcast television production, distribution and real estate assets to bear on The Bascombe Group's operations Ashley created immediate and robust results.
In his first year of ownership he significantly increased revenue by 60% and net income by 85% while dramatically reducing operating and fixed costs by 70%.
The resulting decrease in underlying costs coupled with an increase in production values allowed for substantially greater on-air broadcast exposure and on-line distribution; driving higher net value results for many of Ashley's and The Bascombe Group's Fortune 500 clients: Nestle Purina, KOA, Glidden Paint, American Express, Province of Ontario (Tourism), General Electric, State of Florida (Tourism), Walmart, IBM, Barrick Gold, INCO, Thor Industries, Scotia Bank, Toronto Dominion Ban, Rand Worldwide, Honda, Mazda, General Motors, Dow Chemical, Sunoco, Royal Bank of Canada, Airstream and others.
These new realities combined with its own proven story telling abilities allowed The Bascombe Group to scale its creation and production of compelling and award winning corporate communications to never seen before levels. Culminating in the firm becoming one of the pioneers in branded broadcast television content in Canada.
After Ashley's acquisition, The Bascombe Group’s founder and longtime President - Gerry Bascombe stayed on for several years with the company he started in 1972; but eventually retired. Though, his legacy and commitment to excellence were seen in every production The Bascombe Group created under Ashley Gracile's leadership.
Sold to XCLNT PR Group yielding a 1,849% ROI on the acquisition
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Ashley Gracile's Interests & Activities:
Classic Cars, Pro & College Football, Television Production & Distribution and Commercial Real Estate.