Mark Wahlberg is extending his reach into unscripted with the launch of a full-service production company.
Wahlberg (pictured) and longtime producing partner Stephen Levinson are teaming with Wahlburgers executive producer and showrunner Archie Gips to form Unrealistic Ideas — a prodco dedicated to non-scripted content.
“We’re excited to bring our relentless drive and passion to a new partnership,” said Wahlberg, in a statement. “We’ve really enjoyed working in the non-scripted space. Partnerships are driven by relationships and this is no different. Working with Archie for the last four years has been fantastic.”
“We’re always trying to challenge ourselves, and we have plenty of ideas,” added Levinson. “Most of them unrealistic.”
Gips will serve as president of Unrealistic Ideas, with past unscripted credits including Braxton Family Values and rock-doc features Katy Perry: Part of Me and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never.
“I couldn’t be more excited to work with Mark and Lev. They have a phenomenal track record in the industry,” said Gips. “Our team is excited to create original, inspirational real-life stories, showcase bold characters and develop unique formats that will entertain audiences worldwide.”
Wahlberg, the star of critically acclaimed feature films such as The Fighter, Boogie Nights and The Departed, found success in unscripted with A&E’s Wahlburgers — a series that goes behind the scenes with the Wahlberg family as they look to expand their burger restaurant. Produced by 44 Blue Productions in association with Wahlberg’s Closest to the Hole Productions, Leverage Entertainment and Donnie D Productions, the series first aired in 2014.
Walhburgers earned two unscripted reality program Emmy noms and helped launch the spinoff series Donnie Loves Jenny.