The popular television outdoor program MeatEater, starring author Steven Rinella, has moved its production company to Bozeman and will feature the state in upcoming episodes.
MeatEater, Inc. produces content, products and experiences focused on hunting, fishing, and cooking with wild game, as well as conservation efforts. Their Netflix Original series, currently in its seventh season, follows Rinella as he hunts and fishes around the world, and bolsters global awareness of conservation and food provenance. Rinella now lives in Bozeman full time with his family.
The move was announced Friday in a news release from Gov. Steve Bullock's office.
“Our outdoor recreation opportunities continue to attract talented workers and companies, like MeatEater, Inc. to Montana,” Bullock said in the release. “This move will showcase the incredible hunting opportunities in Montana, as well as other leading assets of our outdoors, including world-class waterways, diverse landscapes, and unparalleled access to our public lands.”
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The management team’s decision was based on Montana’s culture of outdoor recreation, Bozeman’s international airport, and the quality of the workforce, according to the release.
“I’m thrilled to be able to call Montana home once again,” said Rinella, who spent a decade living in Montana while earning his MFA in narrative nonfiction writing from the University of Montana and launching his career as a writer. “There’s literally no other place I’d rather live, nor a more authentic home for MeatEater.”
MeatEater, Inc. has hired Kevin Sloan, former president of Sitka, to lead the company in Bozeman. MeatEater currently has 18 employees in the Bozeman area.
Next Frontier Capital, whose mission is to aid the development of Montana technology companies, is an investor in MeatEater, Inc. MeatEater was also the recipient of a recent $40,000 film grant from the Montana Department of Commerce to feature Montana locations in their video series. This will be the first Netflix series to be shot in Montana supported by the Big Sky Film Grant.