Lionsgate has signed an overall deal with unscripted executive producer David Shumsky.
Under the agreement, Shumsky will create original nonfiction programming and formats for television and digital platforms through his Shumsky Productions banner. Lionsgate will have exclusive rights to this content, including Kevin Hart’s fitness show for YouTube, Kevin Hart: What the Fit, set to debut next year. Shumsky is executive producer of the comedic workout series.
Shumsky is part of a roster of exclusive Lionsgate production partners that includes Jeff Apploff’s Apploff Entertainment (Don’t Forget the Lyrics!, Beat Shazam), K.P. Anderson’s Pygmy Wolf Productions (The Soup, The Nerdist), Matt Kunitz’s Pulse Creative (Fear Factor, Wipeout, Candy Crush), Dave Caplan’s Trooper Entertainment (Heroes of Cosplay) and others.
“Having most recently co-created Kevin Hart’s What the Fit with several other exciting projects in development, David is an experienced producer, prolific format creator and a great collaborator,” said Jennifer O’Connell, Lionsgate EVP of alternative programming, in a statement. “We’re delighted that Lionsgate continues to be his home and cannot wait to see what he comes up with next.”
Previously, Shumsky was VP of development for executive producer Matt Kunitz at FremantleMedia North America. Shumsky has had producing roles on series including Extreme Makover: Home Edition on ABC and Last Comic Standing on NBC.
The deal was negotiated by for Lionsgate by Brian Tannenbaum, VP, creative and business affairs, alternative programming.
Shumsky is repped by WME and Jeanne Newman and Nicholas Dashman at Hansen Jacobsen.