In a push to capitalize on crime-focused programming, New York-based prodco MY Entertainment – formerly named MY Tupelo – has penned a development deal with Las Vegas district attorney (DA) Steve Wolfson (pictured, center) that will allow the company unprecedented access to the Clark County DA’s office.
The deal comes about after a year-long negotiation that now enables MY Entertainment to produce a real-time docuseries around the office, which presides over the Las Vegas strip. Wolfson and his team of more than 160 prosecutors manage up to 55,000 cases annually, and the show will also focus on high-profile incidents involving rapper Tupac Shakur and former football star O.J. Simpson.
“Protecting a city like Las Vegas has its unique challenges,” said Wolfson in a statement. “Not a moment goes by that I’m not thinking about the safety and well-being of our citizens and our tourists. When people break the law, it is my responsibility to bring justice, and justice is what we deliver, day in and day out.”
Michael Yudin, CEO of MY Entertainment, added: “The idea for the show came about as a result of the huge interest in programming from Vegas and the success of crime shows. Combining these two factors with the personality of DA Steve Wolfson presents a unique opportunity.
“The challenge of keeping Vegas safe is fascinating,” he added. “Sin City’s over-the-top reality means that everything there is amplified, including the patrolling of this modern Wild West. This show will tell that story in a manner befitting the entertainment mecca of America, if not the world.”
The series – which is being produced in association with Cool Hand Root Productions – is the first development deal since reality producer Wilson Surratt joined the company as senior VP of development in September.