D-Dowd Productions was created in 2003 for the "James Crabb" series which ended in 2005. For several years, D-Dowd Productions, which had been defined by its founding series, sought for a new image, first in science fiction films, and then in horror/comedy movies. For over three years, the main project at the group was the "On All Hallows' Eve" franchise, which ended after five films. "On All Hallows' Eve" had failed to make the mark on D-Dowd Productions that had been hoped, and it was clear that the division needed something new if it was going to survive.
In spring of 2010, Martin Groff came up with the idea for a sitcom, something never before attempted at AMPCorp. Charlotte Ferris, the main actress in D-Dowd Productions, agreed to play the lead in the new series which became titled "The Charlotte Ferris Show." The new sitcom helped D-Dowd Productions to create a unique image in the realm of comedy, and became the first widely successful comedy project at AMPCorp.
The show follows Charlotte (played by Charlotte Ferris), a girl who recently moved to the little town of Waldburg from the city Denver. Her adventures include working on getting her photography degree in college, dealing with her landlord Mr. Simon (Peter Groff), and of course putting up with her wacky neighbor John (Martin Groff). New for season II was Will, played by Tom Smith, the talkative customer service representative who helps Charlotte order photography equipment. Robyn Moore was added to the cast for season III as Caroline, a much more normal neighbor, and tv anchor Matt (currently played by Nathan Carter) was added to the recurring cast for Season IV. The producers have continued to keep the show fresh for each new season; Season V added Ben Carpenter to the cast as Nick, with Emily Smith joining as Trisha for season VI, and Luke Richert as Antonio for season VII. Although "The Charlotte Ferris Show" continues always offers a warm family environment with a 'good time' feel, recent seasons have also delved into addressing more serious issues, such as heart disease, divorce, and gender discrimination.
In 2016, "The Charlotte Ferris Show" will be releasing its seventh and final season, with added drama and several funny but suspenseful storyarcs throughout its eight episodes.
"The Charlotte Ferris Show" paved the way for more series in AMPCorp, and gave D-Dowd Productions a new steady project. Furthermore, it helped AMPCorp to develop better release methods for episodes on YouTube, and to continue to experiment with writing. Clearly it is one of the most important projects in AMPCorp history, and continuously expands its importance in the corporation. After the end of the Philip Krieg franchise in 2013, "The Charlotte Ferris Show" became the clear flagship continuing project at AMPCorp.
Season I (2010) had 6 episodes, while Season II (2010-2011) had 16 episodes. Season III (2011-2012), had 10 episodes, two of which were longer length specials, a formula which Season IV continued, adding one more special. Season V repeated the layout of Season IV, with Season VI maintaining 10 episodes but dropping the longer-length specials. The final seventh season includes 8 episodes, 3 of which are extended specials as the series nears its end. After the release of the second season, the show won the "Best Series" award in the 2011 LAF (League of Amateur Filmmakers) Movie Awards, and won the same award in the 2013 (season IV) and 2015 (season VI) LAF/LIF Awards.
With the end of the Philip Krieg franchise in 2013, "The Charlotte Ferris Show" moved ahead to become AMPCorp's flagship and largest project. However, after seven seasons, the producers at D-Dowd Productions and CF Pictures decided to bring the show to a graceful end. Knowing that actor availability and scheduling would becoming more difficult in the near future, the seventh season included a big finale to the show, and set up for a spinoff, "Charlotte Ferris Today," which would begin the following year.