Knoxville-headquartered prodco Jupiter Entertainment, a Sky subsidiary, has penned an overall co-production deal with veteran producer Chris Deaux and his Two Fifteen West Entertainment.
Under terms of the agreement, Deaux (pictured, right) will create, develop and produce non-scripted programming in collaboration with Jupiter for the U.S. and international marketplaces.
The Two Fifteen West team will be based in Los Angeles and work closely alongside Jupiter president Allison Wallach (right), who is based in New York. The venture exemplifies Jupiter’s commitment to explore new partnerships and co-production opportunities that allow it to work with the best and most innovative producers and talent in the unscripted space.
He previously held a first-look deal with Entertainment One.
Over a career that spans 20 years, Deaux has developed and executive produced a string of successful formats, game shows and docuseries, including Lifetime’s The Rap Game and Atlanta Plastic; Investigation Discovery’s Married with Secrets; Food Network’s King of Cones; and TLC’s renovation format Trading Spaces.
Under Deaux’s purview as president, Two Fifteen West currently has a number of projects in development and is currently in production on a series set to premiere on History this summer. He has previously sold, developed and produced series across all genres for a variety of networks, including Lifetime, E!, Bravo, Discovery, History, BET, Lifetime, TLC and Oxygen, and has held key development and executive producer positions at Intuitive Entertainment, Film Garden Entertainment and Banyan Productions.
Before launching Two Fifteen West Entertainment in 2016, Deaux served as senior VP of development at LA-based Intuitive Entertainment. Before that, he was senior VP of entertainment at California-based Film Garden.
“Chis has a great eye for breakout talent,” said Wallach in a statement. “He will be a huge asset as we continue to diversify our development portfolio and grow our slate of talent led projects.”
“As Two Fifteen West expands, it’s imperative to align ourselves with the best in the business, and Jupiter’s prolific and talented team is just that. From development to post, they are well respected and highly regarded across the board. Their incredible infrastructure is the perfect fit as we continue to ramp up production, bringing our slate to series,” added Deaux.
Jupiter has most recently celebrated its 400th episode of Oxygen’s critically acclaimed crime series Snapped and produced 19 series and specials along with development projects and pilots for A&E, VH1 and CNBC, among other networks. With offices in Los Angeles, New York and Knoxville, the studio will next premiere its anticipated Atlanta Child Murders with Will Packer on Investigation Discovery later this month.