Entertainment One Television has secured a long-term deal with Tara Long (pictured), executive VP of U.S. alternative programming, to continue to lead the studio’s efforts in the unscripted space.
Long’s extended agreement comes two weeks after the studio acquired a 65% majority stake in LA-based Naked and Afraid producer Renegade 83. The acquisition complements Long’s business and further augments eOne’s unscripted production activities across North America.
Since launching its U.S. alternative programming division under Long, eOne has developed and produced a stable of content programming that includes BET’s Nellyville, It’s A Mann’s World and The Sheards; WEtv’s Mary Mary and SWV: Sisters With Voices; TruTV’s Fameless; Science Channel’s Race to Escape;and TLC’s Life Without Limbs.
Long has also secured a series of first-look deals with Kevin Healey (Scare Tactics, Fameless), Riaz Patel (How Do I Look?), and Mark Ford; Kevin Lopez’s Creature Films (Behind the Music) and Chris Deaux’s new shingle Two Fifteen West Entertainment. eOne also recently inked a multi-year deal with Matt Anderson and Nate Green‘s Purveyors of Pop to develop and coproduce multi-platform unscripted content.
Forthcoming series set to premiere this season include WEtv’s music-focused docuseries Growing Up Hip Hop, FYI’s renovation series Nicole & Jionni’s Shore Flip, and BET’s docuseries About the Business, which follows a group of friends in the world of urban Hollywood.
“Tara has a knack for finding original and captivating stories, and a talent for delivering stand-out content,” said John Morayniss, Entertainment One Television CEO, in a statement. “She has transformed eOne into a significant player in the U.S. reality space with her track record of success of new hit shows and an incredibly impressive renewal rate.”