Veteran Canadian TV exec Shanna Albert (pictured) is heading to TV handyman Mike Holmes’ production shingle Point Load Pictures, as she jumps from Peace Point Entertainment where she was head of development for three years.
As VP of development at the indie, a joint venture between Holmes and president Peter Kettlewell, Albert’s new role will be to develop and produce new series outside of the Holmes Group brand.
An example: Point Load is developing Big Food, which is about cooking huge, such as the Los Angeles’ Staples Centre arena needing to feed 60,000 fans for a rock concert one evening, which follows a football or baseball game earlier that afternoon.
“I was immediately impressed by their development slate of original U.S. and Canadian content, along with fascinating access to American A-list talent and digital comedy content,” Albert told realscreen‘s sister publication Playback.
She brings long-time experience as a TV producer, most recently with Peace Point where her credits included Bake With Anna Olson and Keasha’s Perfect Dress, set in a bustling bridal salon.
Point Load Pictures also has on the drawing board The Finisher, hosted by Portland, Oregon-based Frank McGinness, a professional wood finisher, and The Demo Diva, about Simone Bruni, who runs a commercial demolition company in New Orleans.
The strategy is to diversify away from the Mike Holmes series template like Holmes on Homes and Holmes Inspection, which are ratings winners on the U.S.-based HGTV channel.
Point Load is also at work on a spinoff show hosted by Damon Bennett of Holmes Inspection. The indie is represented by William Morris Endeavor in the U.S. and internationally.