“Chopped” creators sign first-look deal with eOne

Cleve Keller (left) and Dave Noll (right) will develop and produce original unscripted programming for the studio through their Keller/Noll banner.
May 3, 2016

The creators of culinary competition Chopped have signed a first-look deal with Entertainment One (eOne).

Under the agreement, Cleve Keller (left) and Dave Noll (right) will develop and produce original unscripted programming for the studio through their Keller/Noll banner.

In addition to Food Network’s Chopped, the pair have created formats such as Winsanity! for GSN, Rocco’s Dinner Party for Bravo, Cover Shot for TLC, FilmFakers and Movies 101 for AMC and the Japanese game show You Vs., which is the first game show in the history of Japanese television to be created outside the country.

Keller and Noll created, sold and exec produced Chopped and several other titles while working for Barry Diller’s Notional production company in 2009.

“We create shows that are universal, format-able and global,” they said in a statement. “EOne is recognized for its excellence both in the U.S. and internationally, and we are thrilled to unite with their amazing team.”

Other unscripted producers who have first-look deals with eOne alternative programming include Chris Deaux‘s Two Fifteen West Entertainment, Kevin Healey, Riaz Patel and Behind The Music producers Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez‘s Creature Films.

EOne’s recent unscripted credits include Growing Up Hip-Hop for WE tv,  Nicole & Jianni’s Shore Flip for FYI and About the Business for BET.

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