Vancouver- and Santa Monica-based Lionsgate has inked a multi-year deal with former Relativity Television exec Jonathan Karsh (pictured) to develop and produce alternative programming through his Shiny Objects Entertainment label.
Karsh previously served as senior VP of creative affairs at Relativity Television, having helped launch the company in 2008. His development and exec production credits include MTV’s pilot for Catfish: The TV Show, TLC’s Policewomen and My Five Wives, Animal Planet’s My Extreme Animal Phobia, OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network’s Confronting, and Lifetime’s Coming Home. He was awarded the audience award and best director award at the Sundance Film Festival for his 2003 documentary My Flesh and Blood.
Karsh is represented by 3Arts and attorneys at Hansen, Jacobson et al.
The move comes as Lionsgate looks to accelerate its push into unscripted formats. In September, the company appointed Jennifer O’Connell to the newly created role of executive producer of alternative programming.
In the time since, the exec has been working to develop content largely through partnerships with producers such as Wipe Out creator Matt Kunitz, who inked a multi-year overall TV deal with Lionsgate in December 2014, as well as The Hills helmer Adam DiVello, who signed an overall deal with Lionsgate last August. The company in 2011 brought on former Magical Elves exec Eli Frankel in another overall deal.
(With files from Manori Ravindran)