MGM, BermanBraun sign content deal

MGM has signed an exclusive multi-year production deal to develop unscripted and scripted content with the Los Angeles-based prodco.
June 19, 2013

MGM and Los Angeles-based prodco BermanBraun have joined forces on an exclusive multi-year production deal to develop unscripted and scripted content across broadcast and cable.

The two companies also signed a first-look deal covering theatrical projects from BermanBraun.

BermanBraun, co-owned and co-founded by Gail Berman and Lloyd Braun, is behind the upcoming Garage Sale Wars for HGTV and two series featuring MythBusters stars Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage, reportedly slated for Discovery Channel.

“We are excited to be in business with BermanBraun, who are proven producers in the television industry and will be integral to our strategy of developing high quality programming,” said MGM chairman and CEO Gary Barber. “Gail and Lloyd have made an indelible impact in the television and digital space by producing innovative content seen over multiple platforms. We are thrilled to partner with them to bring new TV content to our broadcast partners around the globe.”

“BermanBraun are prolific creators who embrace the future of television and we look forward to working with them as we continue to grow our television businesses,” added Roma Khanna, president of the television and digital group for MGM Television.

“The production deal with MGM provides an exciting opportunity to collaborate with a team who embraces innovative concepts and new paradigms in this fast shifting landscape,” said Berman and Braun in a joint statement.

The new venture will see BermanBraun president of television Gene Stein working with Khanna and Steve Stark, president of TV production for MGM Television on the development and creation of new content.


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