Producer Tom Leach has signed an unscripted first-look deal with Sony Pictures Television to develop and produce large-scale global TV formats and series under his new production company, Media RED.
This follows Media RED’s recent development deals with FYI, Pivot, Funny or Die and Red Bull TV.
“Sony Pictures Television is the industry’s largest independent television studio and this deal will allow me to dream big and work on packaging series with some of the best and brightest talent and brands around the world,” Leach said in a statement Friday.
Prior to launching Media RED, Leach worked as the youngest ever Vice President of Development & Current Programming under Mark Burnett at One Three Media where he developed and sold “Space Race” to NBC with Burnett and Richard Branson, as well as produced TBS’ “Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host.”
Leach also spearheaded internal format development at Discovery Channel and helped develop the first two seasons of the global documentary series, “Curiosity: The Questions of Life.”
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A group of up-and-coming producers have won development deals worth US$20,000 each, through the FYI Development Lab Contest at the Realscreen Summit.
The initiative – a collaboration between the U.S. network and Realscreen – aims to give rising production talent a chance to develop innovative unscripted programming for the lifestyle network. The winners were revealed at an afternoon session at the Washington DC event today (January 28), where FYI’s VP of development and programming James Bolosh discussed with delegates what the broadcaster is looking for in terms of commissions.
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Moderated by Ardaban CEO Chachi Senior, “Raised on Reality: Next Gen Talk Unscripted” featured Ebersol; Monica Austin, SVP of business and brand development for Shine America; Oliver Bogner, exec producer of Bogner Entertainment; Tom Leach, president of Media RED; Geno McDermott, CEO of Blackfin; and Jack Osbourne, exec producer for Schweet Entertainment (and former star of reality hit The Osbournes).
After discussing the impact of consolidation, Skype sizzle reels, casting talent off Vimeo versus offline talent scouting, the definition of authenticity and high-definition helicopter shots that cost $500, the talk turned to business strategy.
Read more: http://realscreen.com/2014/06/06/rsw-14-next-gen-producers-talk-cash-creativity/#ixzz34AYcbwuN
Producers: Eyeworks / Media RED; Executive Producers: Tom Leach, Todd Nelson, JD Roth, Brant Pinvidic.
Each week, comedy teams will face off in a series of ever-changing rounds – from pre-taped video sketches to in-studio improv – in a fast-paced battle for comedy supremacy.
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Winners of the inaugural H2 Development Lab at the Realscreen Summit were announced at the final session of the Summit’s first full day of content.
The session, moderated by realscreen editor Barry Walsh, saw H2 programming head Paul Cabana, and VP of programming and development Mike Stiller, discuss their reasons for choosing the projects.
Meanwhile, Maria Awes, VP at Committee Films, and Stephen David, president of Stephen David Entertainment, discussed how their projects for the network – the series America Unearthed and the special The Men Who Built America respectively – developed from the original pitches to the final program.
Read more: http://realscreen.com/2014/01/27/summit-14-h2-development-lab-winners-named/#ixzz2sJPQQXvs
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