T Group Productions has unveiled an overall co-production deal with Emmy-nominated producer Simon Lythgoe and his company, Legacy Productions.
Under the deal, Lythgoe (pictured, left) will create, develop and produce unscripted programming with a focus on formats and live events to be co-produced with T Group in the U.S., Canada and United Kingdom.
Lythgoe and his Legacy Productions team will relocate to T Group’s office in Los Angeles, and work with Jenny Daly (right), president of T Group, and Rob Lobl, EVP of development and current programming. Daly and Lythgoe will serve as executive producers on all series.
With over 20 years of television experience, Lythgoe has created and produced formats around the world for broadcast and cable networks such as FOX, CBS, Sky, NBC, ITV, Seven Network, CMT and ABC. As founder and president of Legacy Productions, Lythgoe has created and produced A Chance to Dance for Ovation, Opening Act for E! and Next Superstar for CMT.
Prior to establishing Legacy, Lythgoe had an exclusive overall deal at Fremantle Media North America where he worked on productions such as America’s Got Talent, Can You Duet, Celebrity Family Feud, American Idol among others. He also spent time at Mark Burnett Productions where he produced Steven Spielberg’s On The Lot.
Lythgoe has a history with T Group, having served as an executive producer and showrunner for an upcoming T Group / Roberts Media production, Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings, that premieres May 7 on Freeform.
“Simon is an expert when it comes to creating beautiful premium content,” said Daly, in a statement. “His skill of crafting suspense, authentic emotion and big reveals all under the pressure of live stage performance is one of the best in the business. He’s a perfect addition to the team as we look to further expand into this space.”