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NBC inks development deals with execs behind “Voice,” “Bachelor”

American broadcaster NBC has inked development deals with an array of reality producers, including Jason Ehrlich (The Bachelor), David A. Hurwitz (Fear Factor), Alex Katz (The Biggest Loser) and Lee Metzger (The Voice).
May 9, 2012

American broadcaster NBC has inked development deals with an array of reality producers, including Jason Ehrlich (The Bachelor), David A. Hurwitz (Fear Factor), Alex Katz (The Biggest Loser) and Lee Metzger (The Voice).

They join previously signed producers including Howie Mandel and his Alvey Production Company (Mobbed), Tom Shelly (Survivor), Craig Plestis (Minute to Win It) and Jason Raff (America’s Got Talent), who currently have ongoing development agreements with NBC.

“These progressive development deals allow us to partner with an array of stellar producers… who are proven leaders in alternative programming and provide NBC with tremendous creative resources,” said Paul Telegdy, NBC’s president of alternative and late night programming.

“We have stacked the deck and look forward to continuing to work with all of these incredibly talented individuals.”

Ehrlich previously was co-executive producer for numerous seasons of The Bachelor as well as The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad; while Hurwitz recently served as exec producer for the return of Fear Factor to NBC, reprising the role he performed during the first version of the series for six seasons.

Katz has been co-executive producer for The Biggest Loser since 2009, and his other credits include Hell’s Kitchen, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. He also will be the executive producer, along with actor Eva Longoria, for NBC’s upcoming relationship series Ready for Love.

Metzger is an executive producer of The Voice for NBC and also was executive producer of Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for the Next TV Star and VH1′s Rock ‘N’ Roll Fantasy Camp. Meanwhile, Mandel’s Alevy Productions will produce the new game show Howie Mandel’s White Elephant.

Shelly serves as exec producer on NBC’s upcoming reality series Love in the Wild – with new host Jenny McCarthy (Singled Out) – which returns this summer for its second season.

Finally, Plestis is the president and CEO of Smart Dog Media and was an executive producer of the game show Minute to Win It; while Raff was exec producer and director of Clash of the Choirs and helped launch America’s Got Talent in 2006.

 

About The Author
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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