Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) has acquired the New York-based indie and Live PD producer Big Fish Entertainment.
The company will now operate as Big Fish Entertainment, an MGM Company, under Mark Burnett’s television division. Big Fish founder and president Dan Cesareo (pictured) will stay on as company president and reports into Barry Poznick, president of unscripted television at MGM.
Big Fish will continue to be based out of its current New York City headquarters.
Big Fish will now sit alongside MGM’s other unscripted production companies, including Evolution Media. Acquired last July, the company is the producer behind The Real Housewives of Orange County, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules and Botched.
Since its inception in 2006 by Cesareo, Big Fish has gone onto produce such series as A&E’s Live PD, VH1′s Black Ink Crew, WE tv’s Hustle & Soul, Lifetime’s Women on Patrol; as well as host of programs on television networks including Discovery, National Geographic, Spike/Paramount Network and others.
Additional Big Fish titles include Chris Paul’s Chapter 3 for ESPN; Tattoo Girls for TLC; and the upcoming Just Tattoo of Us for MTV.
Earlier this month, the company took home the award for “Production Company of the Year” at the inaugural NPACT Impact Awards, which recognizes achievement in non-fiction content.
Big Fish Entertainment was represented in the transaction by Todd Weinstein and Tara Senior at Del Shaw Moonves; Lori York at CAA; Steve Hurdle at Loeb & Loeb; and by Ron Milkes and Bryan Bowles of Bryor Media.
MGM was represented in the deal by Latham & Watkins LLP.