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Tyra Banks signs first-look content deal at Universal TV

Tyra Banks has penned a first-look deal with NBCUniversal-owned studios Universal Television and Universal Television Alternative Studio. The deal, made with Banks’ Bankable Productions, will include both scripted and unscripted programming.  “America’s ...
August 10, 2018

Tyra Banks has penned a first-look deal with NBCUniversal-owned studios Universal Television and Universal Television Alternative Studio.

The deal, made with Banks’ Bankable Productions, will include both scripted and unscripted programming.

 “America’s Next Top Model has been on the air for 24 seasons, proving Tyra’s standing and commitment as one of television’s top producers,” said Meredith Ahr, president of Universal Television Alternative Studio, in a statement sent to realscreen. “We are thrilled to infuse her creative vision, expertise and dedication into our studio’s development.”

America’s Next Top Model, currently on VH1 in the U.S., airs in 150 countries and boasts 25 international versions broadcast worldwide. Banks’ producing credits also include The Tyra Banks Show, for which she has won two Daytime Emmy Awards. Banks also acts as host for NBC unscripted talent competition series America’s Got Talent.

“Tyra is one of the most driven producers in television. She has long brought incredible passion to her unscripted projects and I can’t wait to start collaborating with her on the scripted side,” said Pearlena Igbokwe, president of Universal Television.

No word yet on how many unscripted series may come out of the new deal, or what subjects may be covered.

Banks is repped by UTA and Hansen Jacobson.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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