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Optomen, Jane Street sign overall copro deal

All3Media-owned prodco Optomen Productions has penned an overall copro deal with veteran producer Donna MacLetchie and her Jane Street Entertainment. Based out of Optomen’s New York offices, MacLetchie (pictured) and her Jane ...
November 16, 2017

All3Media-owned prodco Optomen Productions has penned an overall copro deal with veteran producer Donna MacLetchie and her Jane Street Entertainment.

Based out of Optomen’s New York offices, MacLetchie (pictured) and her Jane Street team will be responsible for creating, developing and producing non-scripted content and formats in partnership with Optomen for the U.S. and international markets.

Under the deal, MacLetchie will work closely with Optomen president Maria Silver and SVP of development Ricky Kelehar. Silver and MacLetchie will serve as executive producers on all series stemming from the venture.

Most recently, MacLetchie served as showrunner and exec producer for the Optomen-made series Worst Cooks in America and Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition, both for Food Network.

As president of Jane Street Entertainment, a company she co-founded in 2011, MacLetchie created, sold, developed and produced series, pilots and presentations across all genres for such networks as Food Network, Bravo, Lifetime, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Condé Nast Digital, HGTV, History, Travel and Turner syndication.

Throughout her 20-year career, MacLetchie’s production credits include Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy; Food Network’s Next Food Network Star, Rachael v. Guy Celebrity Cook-Off, Rachael v. Guy: Kid’s Cook-Off; and Lifetime’s 24 Hour Catwalk with Alexa Chung.

“Donna is a tour de force — an infectious ball of energy with a stellar reputation for creating and packaging formats tailor-made to networks and their respective brands,” said Silver in a statement. “Our production infrastructure provides a perfect fit for her creative muscle and showrunner talent.”

“It’s a producer’s dream to have a prolific and international powerhouse like Optomen to funnel projects through,” added MacLetchie. “This partnership provides Jane Street the rare freedom to focus purely on creative, which will allow us to extend our development bandwidth exponentially.”

The news follows a wave of commissions for Optomen, who has partnered with eight different networks in the last year for more than 150 hours of television produced. Its credits include Animal Planet’s Monsters Inside Me, Nat Geo Wild’s When Sharks Attack and a forthcoming home renovation series for HGTV, which is set in Hawaii.

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Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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