If you were around in the mid-1970s, you may remember the magnificently bearded Dan Haggerty in a popular movie and subsequent TV series called The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams. The TV version beat out Wednesday rival The Bionic Woman and became one of NBC's most popular shows of all time.

What you might not know is that even as the series came to an end in 1978, a franchise had already been born—one now known simply as Grizzly Adams Productions. Today, the company makes and markets what are, in their own words, "family friendly and faith-based" programs for film and television.

The Grizzly Adams franchise, adapted from a novel written by Charles Sellier, told the story of a real-life American frontiersman and explorer named James Capen Adams, a rough-hewn character who, among other things, had a strange gift for communicating with wild animals—including, of course, grizzly bears.

Naturally, for a mountain man like Adams, life was fairly modest and unsophisticated, and one might be inclined to assume the same about the production company that now uses his name—after all, family-friendly, faith-based, independent programming is not exactly the stuff of Hollywood glitz and glamour.

But consider this: Grizzly Adams is the second most financially successful provider of family-friendly entertainment there is—second only to Disney. In fact, vice president David Balsiger speculates that GA is "probably" more prolific than Disney in terms of the sheer amount of programming it creates.

Over 1,000 features

Grizzly's programming has appeared on most of the major TV networks—the original Grizzly Adams show ran for two seasons on NBC, and they've also aired features on CBS, TLC, and the Sci-Fi Channel—and ...

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