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Wilshire Studios, Danny Salles ink development deal

Wilshire Studios, the unscripted arm of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, has secured a development deal with Emmy-nominated exec producer Danny Salles. Salles (pictured) will be tasked with developing and producing original unscripted ...
March 23, 2017

Wilshire Studios, the unscripted arm of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, has secured a development deal with Emmy-nominated exec producer Danny Salles.

Salles (pictured) will be tasked with developing and producing original unscripted projects for the Los Angeles-based shingle. His credits include VH1′s docuseries Todrick and I Want to Work for Diddy; Animal Planet’s Tanked; WEtv’s Joan & Melissa: Joan Knows Best; E!’s Denise Richards: It’s Complicated; and Bravo’s Emmy-nominated Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.

The deal follows in a wave of recent development deals for Wilshire Studios, including an overall deal with Emmy-nominated producer and showrunner Aliyah Silverstein, a development deal with veteran television producer and showrunner Troy Vanderheyden, a development deal with Behind the Music producer Greg Heller, and a first-look deal with Australian musician Iggy Azalea to produce content aimed at millennial audiences and based on topics such as social justice, tolerance and empowering young women.

Most recently, Wilshire teamed with BuzzFeed and Academy Award-nominated executive producer Joe Berlinger to develop an as-yet titled crime investigation docuseries inspired by the investigative reporting of BuzzFeed News on Jessica Chambers, the Mississippi teen who was doused with gasoline and set on fire in December of 2014.

“Danny is uniquely skilled at creating successful unscripted vehicles for both established personalities and stars on the rise,” said BJ Levin, senior VP of development at Wilshire Studios, in a statement. “We look forward to working with him to develop untapped stories and add new, exciting voices to our roster of upcoming content.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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