New InventTV To Develop Unscripted Content & Live Events

New InventTV To Develop Unscripted Content & Live Events

Sergio Alfaro, Michaline Babich and Los Angeles Media Fund have formed InventTV, a new entertainment company to develop, produce and finance unscripted series and other content for television and OTT platforms. The new company also will include production of live events worldwide.

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Current projects include a series for Nat Geo partnered with The Weinstein Company as well as Southern Charm New Orleans (pictured) on Bravo.

Alfaro and Babich, along with Los Angeles Media Fund principals Jeffrey Soros and Simon Horsman, will focus on creating and delivering diverse stories to a multicultural worldwide audience. In addition to original productions, the team says InventTV’s business-model will include creating partnerships with producers and production companies.

“Michaline and Sergio are incredibly talented and experienced producers with complementary skill sets and excellent, longstanding relationships in the television and live event industries,” Soros and Horsman said in a joint statement. “In InventTV’s first few months of business, we are already in production on two television shows with prestigious partners with many other projects in the pipeline. We are very excited by what future holds for InventTV.”

Alfaro and Babich added: “We’re excited to be partnering with Jeffrey and Simon. They’re innovative and creative individuals with extraordinary access to leaders in the art, business, philanthropic and tech worlds. It’s a great feeling to go to work each day knowing that we’re working with a team who is both engaged and supportive.”

Read on Deadline – http://deadline.com/2017/04/inventtv-develop-unscripted-content-live-events-1202079641/

 

Bravo Unveils Unscripted Slate With 6 New & 18 Returning Series; More ‘Real Housewives’ & ‘Vanderpump Rules’

Bravo Unveils Unscripted Slate With 6 New & 18 Returning Series; More ‘Real Housewives’ & ‘Vanderpump Rules’

Bravo Media is expanding its unscripted programming slate with six new and 18 returning series, including many in the Real Housewives franchise and Vanderpump Rules.

Upcoming new series include Bethenny and Fredrik Property Project (working title), featuring Bethenny Frankel and Fredrik Eklund in their new venture as real estate moguls and business partners. Sell It Like Serhant stars Ryan Serhant (Million Dollar Listing New York) coming to the aid of struggling sales representatives desperate for his expertise. Relationshep follows Charleston’s most eligible and loveable singleton, Shep Rose, as he ventures to various cities across the country in the hopes of finding true love and a committed relationship.

Also on the new series lineup are Southern Charm New Orleans, which gives viewers an exclusive glimpse into the sophisticated Creole culture of NOLA. Love Italian Style (working title) features relationship expert Diann Valentine who takes five beautiful, eligible bachelorettes who can’t find a good American man, all the way to Italy to find a hot Italian husband. And A Night With My Ex, which brings ex couples back together again for one night.

They join the previously announced returns of scripted series Imposters and Odd Mom Out, along with Emmy-winning Top Chef and Emmy-nominated Million Dollar Listing New York.

Summer premieres will include The Real Housewives of Orange County, and Shahs of Sunset, and coming later are new seasons of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Flipping Out, Don’t Be Tardy, Married to Medicine, Below Deck, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, The Real Housewives of Dallas, Emmy-winning Inside the Actor’s Studio, Summer House and Vanderpump Rules.

Bravo’s 1Q17 was the network’s best ranking in 1Q ever for P18-49, 8th in primetime among all ad-supported cable networks, according to the network and Nielsen. Bravo ranks as the #1 cable network on set-top-box VOD (up 30% from 1Q16), and Bravo Digital had its best quarter ever up 23% in visits and up 11% in unique visitors year over year.

“Our fans look to us for a very unique brand of top quality unscripted content they simply cannot get anywhere else,” said Jerry Leo, Executive Vice President, Program Strategy, Lifestyle Networks and Production Bravo. “With many established franchises showing strong ratings growth, we’re able to explore new frontiers, and we believe these new series are really going to resonate with our audience.”

“A continued investment in more content allows us to give marketing partners even more environments to place their brand messaging,” said Laura Molen, Executive Vice President, Lifestyle and Hispanic Advertising Sales Group, NBCUniversal. “We know that the Bravo audience is one of the most engaged, passionate groups out there and we’re excited to work with clients to create authentic opportunities on their behalf.”

Below are details of Bravo’s new unscripted series:

Bethenny and Fredrik Property Project (Working Title)
Produced by Leftfield Pictures and B Real Productions with Brent Montgomery, Bethenny Frankel, David George, Jordana Hochman, Will Nothacker, Jason Hollis, and Fredrik Eklund serving as Executive Producers.
This new series follows two fan favorite powerhouses, Bethenny Frankel and Fredrik Eklund, as they come together in their new venture as real estate moguls and business partners. Viewers will watch as they tackle the ups and downs of scouting, buying and designing multimillion-dollar properties. The series shows a side of Bethenny and Fredrik, often through their humorous dynamic, that fans have never seen before as they make big flipping gambles in the hopes of even bigger payouts.

Sell it Like Serhant
Produced by World of Wonder with Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell and Danielle King serving as Executive Producers along with Ryan Serhant and Rob Bola as Co-Executive Producers.
It doesn’t matter what you’re selling–if you know your client and your product, a good salesman can sell anything to anyone. No one exemplifies this better than the leader of one of the top real estate teams in the U.S., Ryan Serhant (“Million Dollar Listing New York”). In this new series, Ryan puts his sales skills to the ultimate test when he answers the call of struggling sales representatives, desperate for his expertise. While Ryan learns the tricks of a particular trade, he will also give under-performing employees a head-to-toe business overhaul and turn them into sales machines.

Relationshep
Produced by Haymaker Productions with Aaron Rothman, Irad Eyal, Kate Fisher and Michael Meinecke serving as Executive Producers. Sarah Steinfeld serves as Co-Executive Producer.
This new series follows Charleston’s most eligible and loveable singleton, Shep Rose, as he ventures to various cities across the country in the hopes of finding true love and a committed relationship. Shep is a complicated bachelor, and the right match will have to effortlessly fit into his particular lifestyle which ranges from black tie galas to surfing with him in Costa Rica. As Shep leaves Charleston to look for “the one,” he calls upon his friends in various cities from New York to LA to help set him up with women in hopes that they are a perfect match.

Southern Charm New Orleans
Produced by InventTV and Vainglorious Productions with Michaline Babich, Whitney Sudler-Smith, Tim Maloney, Ashley McFarlin Buie and Sergio Alfaro serving as Executive Producers.
The popular franchise heads to The Big Easy for “Southern Charm New Orleans,” offering viewers an exclusive glimpse into the sophisticated Creole culture of NOLA. Hidden away from the beads and beats of Bourbon Street is an exclusive community filled with wealth, legacy and tradition. Although the prestige in this town is plentiful, everything that glitters isn’t gold, and underneath brews a multitude of shocking secrets that could destroy the foundation of long-standing friendships. In a city where lineage and status are everything, how far will this ambitious group go to redefine their legacy and secure their spot at the top of this esteemed circle?

Love Italian Style (working title)
Produced by Asylum Entertainment with Steven Michaels, Jonathan Koch, Ryann Lauckner, James Macnab, Jacqui Pitman, Omid Kahangi, and Grace Lee serving as Executive Producers.
There’s a saying: “To live your best life, go where you are most celebrated.” For these African-American women, that place is Italy. In this series, relationship expert Diann Valentine takes five beautiful, eligible bachelorettes who can’t find a good American man, all the way to Italy, aka “Mecca,” where she breaks them down and builds them back up to be open to love. Sounds as sweet as gelato, but it’s not all gondola rides and delicious wine for these single ladies, who live under one roof in a decadent Roman villa, potentially vying for the same men and keeping one side eye on the ultimate prize: a hot Italian husband.

A Night With My Ex
Produced by Twofour America with Melanie Leach, Andrew Mackenzie, Bernie Schaeffer, David Eilenberg and Derek W. Wan serving as Executive Producers.
What would you do if you had the chance to spend an entire night with your ex? Would you seek answers, try to gain closure, or make a play to get back together? For the first time since their split, ex-couples will be brought together for one night in a camera-rigged apartment with no crew. What they do or say during their night is completely up to them, but one thing is for sure: it will be surprising, emotionally raw, and in many cases, totally hilarious.

Bravo Unveils Unscripted Slate With 6 New & 18 Returning Series; More ‘Real Housewives’ & ‘Vanderpump Rules’

Bravo Greenlights Six New Shows Including Bethenny Frankel & Fredrik Eklund Series, ‘Southern Charm’ Spinoff

Bravo Greenlights Six New Shows Including Bethenny Frankel & Fredrik Eklund Series, ‘Southern Charm’ Spinoff

Bravo is beefing up their unscripted slate, ordering six new series, Variety has learned. Many of the new shows expand the relationships with current “Bravolebrities.”

Among the new series is real estate project, starring “Real Housewives of New York City’s” Bethenny Frankel and “Million Dollar Listing New York’s” Fredrik Eklund; a separate show for “Million Dollar Listing” star Ryan Serhant; a “Southern Charm” spinoff in a new city; and a new series, specifically revolving around “Southern Charm” star Shep Rose.

“Our fans look to us for a very unique brand of top quality unscripted content they simply cannot get anywhere else,” said Jerry Leo, Bravo’s executive vice president, program strategy, lifestyle networks and production. “With many established franchises showing strong ratings growth, we’re able to explore new frontiers, and we believe these new series are really going to resonate with our audience.”

The announcement of the new shows comes on the same day Bravo announced the renewals of 18 returning shows, including most of the “Real Housewives” franchise, “Vanderpump Rules,” “Below Deck” and “Summer House.”

See below for all the details on Bravo’s six new shows:

“Bethenny and Fredrik Property Project” 

Fan-favorite Bravo stars Bethenny Frankel and Fredrik Eklund come together in their new venture as real estate moguls and business partners. Viewers will watch as they tackle the ups and downs of scouting, buying and designing multimillion-dollar properties. The series shows a side of the duo that fans have never seen before, as they make big flipping gambles in the hopes of even bigger payouts. 

Both Frankel and Eklund will serve as executive producers, in addition to starring. They’ll produce alongside Brent Montgomery, David George, Jordana Hochman, Will Nothacker and Jason Hollis. Leftfield Pictures and B Real Productions are producing. 

“Sell it Like Serhant”

“Million Dollar Listing” star Ryan Serhant will put his sales skills to the ultimate test when he answers the call of struggling sales representatives, desperate for his expertise. While Ryan learns the tricks of a particular trade, he will also give under-performing employees a head-to-toe business overhaul and turn them into sales machines.

World of Wonder is producing the series, which will be executive produced by Randy Barbato, Fenton Bailey, Tom Campbell and Danielle King. Serhant will serve as co-executive producer with Rob Bola.

“Relationshep”

“Southern Charm’s” breakout star is getting his own show. Charleston’s most eligible and loveable singleton, Shep Rose, will venture to various cities across the country in the hopes of finding true love and a committed relationship. As Shep leaves Charleston to look for the one, he calls upon his friends in various cities from New York to LA to help set him up with women in hopes that they are a perfect match.

Executive producers are Aaron Rothman, Irad Eyal, Kate Fisher and Michael Meinecke, and Sarah Steinfeld is co-executive producer. Haymaker Productions is behind the project.

“Southern Charm New Orleans”

“Southern Charm” is heading to New Orleans. Spinning off of the flagship show that’s set in Charleston, the new series will offer viewers a glimpse into the sophisticated Creole culture of NOLA — didden away from the beads and beats of Bourbon Street is an exclusive community filled with wealth, legacy and tradition. Although the prestige in this town is plentiful, everything that glitters isn’t gold, and underneath brews a multitude of shocking secrets that could destroy the foundation of long-standing friendships. In a city where lineage and status are everything, how far will this ambitious group go to redefine their legacy and secure their spot at the top of this esteemed circle?

The spinoff is produced by InventTV and Vainglorious Productions with Michaline Babich, Whitney Sudler-Smith, Tim Maloney, Ashley McFarlin Buie and Sergio Alfaro serving as executive producers. 

“Love Italian Style”

Relationship expert Diann Valentine takes five beautiful, eligible African-American bachelorettes who can’t find a good American man all the way to Italy where she breaks them down and builds them back up to be open to love. All of the ladies will live under one roof in a decadent Roman villa, potentially vying for the same men and keeping one side eye on the ultimate prize: a hot Italian husband.

Asylum Entertertainment is producing. Executive producers are Steven Michaels, Jonathan Koch, Ryann Lauckner, James Macnab, Jacqui Pitman, Omid Kahangi, and Grace Lee.

“A Night With My Ex”

For the first time since their split, ex-couples will be brought together for one night in a camera-rigged apartment with no crew. What they do or say during their night is completely up to them, but one thing is for sure: it will be surprising, emotionally raw, and in many cases, totally hilarious.

Melanie Leach, Andrew Mackenzie, Bernie Schaeffer, David Eilenberg and Derek W. Wan are executive producers, and the series hails from Twofour America.

 

Bravo Greenlights Six New Shows Including Bethenny Frankel & Fredrik Eklund Series, ‘Southern Charm’ Spinoff