Unscripted

eOne TV boosts alt programming with first-look deals

Entertainment One has appointed David Shaye (pictured) to the role of VP of development for U.S. alternative programming at eOne Television, in addition to penning first-look deals with reality producers Kevin Healey, Riaz Patel and Ben Bitonti.
June 17, 2014

Entertainment One (eOne) has appointed David Shaye (pictured) to the role of VP of development for U.S. alternative programming at eOne Television, and has penned first-look deals with reality producers Kevin Healey, Riaz Patel and Ben Bitonti.

The hire and deals are part of the company’s strategy to bolster its alternative programming division, which launched in 2012.

In his new position, Shaye – who was previously VP of development at California-based prodco Evolution Media – will work with Tara Long, senior VP of alternative programming at eOne Television, and other division executives to build on the group’s existing slate of unscripted series and develop new series ideas. Shaye will report directly to Long.

At Evolution, Shaye also worked as a co-executive producer on E!’s upcoming Botched and ABC Family’s Beverly Hills Nannies. Prior to that position, he was at MTV overseeing shows with Jennifer Lopez, Ashton Kutcher and others, and also worked at Lopez’s Nuyorican Productions.

In addition to Shaye’s appointment, eOne Television is bringing in more creative resources for its alternative programming division through first-look agreements with producers Healey, Patel and Bitonti.

Healey has created, written, developed and produced shows including Syfy’s Scare Tactics, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers and Fox’s Mobbed with Howie Mandel, while Patel’s  series credits include the U.S. version of How to Look Good Naked for Lifetime, Family S.O.S. with Jo Frost for TLC and Why Can’t I Be You? for MTV.

Finally, Bitonti is the founder of Moneystache Entertainment, and has created and developed pilots, series and specials for E!, VH1 and WE tv, among others.

“Over the past two years, eOne Television’s alternative programming business has flourished, and we are actively building out our division to support its rapid growth,” said Long in a statement.  “David has a keen eye for engaging content and a deep background in working with talent who have thrived in the reality space, and we are delighted to have him join the team.

“We are big fans of the work of our new group of best-in-class creators, Kevin, Riaz and Ben, and we look forward to collaborating with them on a wave of new series ideas and related projects,” she added.

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Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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