FYI gets “Downtown Shabby”

The A+E Networks-owned contemporary lifestyle channel has commissioned the home remodeling series Downtown Shabby (pictured) starring renovation and design team Frank and Sherry Fontana.
August 11, 2016

A+E Networks-owned contemporary lifestyle channel FYI has commissioned the home remodeling series Downtown Shabby (pictured) from California-based prodco 3 Ball Entertainment.

The 8 x 60-minute series will follow renovation and design experts Frank and Sherry Fontana as they look at vintage homes from across America in need of repair. The Fontanas will modernize the interior of each home, from open-plan rooms to installing cutting edge technology, while maintaining the charm and character of the original structure.

The series will also chronicle the lives of the homeowners as they remain in the homes throughout the renovation process.

In partnership with chain hardware retailer True Value, the linear series will be accompanied by custom short-form content and co-branded cross promotion.

“Frank and Sherry are proven talent in the home renovation space and will bring their passion for property preservation to this new series,” said Gena McCarthy, EVP of programming and development for FYI, in a statement. “Downtown Shabby will capture huge renovations, unexpected challenges and stunning reveals.”

The series is exec produced by 3 Ball Entertainment’s Todd A. Nelson, DJ Nurre, Ross Weintraub and Curnal Aulisio; and FYI’s Gena McCarthy and James Bolosh.

Downtown Shabby is slated to premiere on FYI this fall.

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