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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.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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