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Exclusive: Jupiter Ent taps Lauren Gerber for director post, inks development deals

Sky Studios-owned Jupiter Entertainment has appointed Lauren Gerber as director of development and signed development deals with producers Ben Pagel and Michael Lappin. Gerber (pictured), who most recently served as an ...
June 7, 2021

Sky Studios-owned Jupiter Entertainment has appointed Lauren Gerber as director of development and signed development deals with producers Ben Pagel and Michael Lappin.

Gerber (pictured), who most recently served as an interactive development consultant with Part2 Pictures, will work directly with vice president of development Chris Spry to devise unscripted programming for broadcast, cable and streaming.

Prior to Part2, Gerber was a development consultant for ITV America’s Good Caper Content and a producer at Eko, where she led non-fiction development.

Before that, she held roles including development consultant at Fremantle; development consultant at All3Media-owned Little Dot Studios; and producer at Anonymous Content.

Gerber’s credits include reality competition series Home Free (Fox) and Guy’s Grocery Games (The Food Network).

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Elsewhere, the deal with Pagel (pictured above, left), founder and creative director of New York-based creative agency Astral Studio, has resulted in the commission of a yet to be announced 20-episode series and a premium limited docuseries. Pagel’s expertise includes scripted animated series, formats and premium feature docs.

Lappin (right), a TV, film and podcast producer whose credits include scripted titles Love Nina (BBC1/Netflix) and Doctor Thorne (Amazon) and the Barstool Sports podcast Call Her Daddy, will lead an initiative to develop talent and IP from the digital world into premium long-form content. He was instrumental in securing Jupiter’s multi-platform deal with All Def Digital.

“Lauren is an important new hire as we look to evolve our already diversified portfolio with new genres and formats that satiate our growing audience’s appetite,” Patrick Reardon, president of Jupiter Entertainment, said in a statement.  “Both Michael and Ben are invaluable additions to our team and I look forward to the many projects that will emerge from these partnerships.”

In February, Sky Studios promoted Reardon and Jupiter Entertainment founder and chief exec Stephen Land in a move to “turbocharge” its creative and commercial strategy in the U.S.

As part of that move, Reardon became president of Jupiter Holdings, a group of production companies that includes Jupiter Entertainment, Catalina Content and The Hive.

Jupiter Entertainment’s most recent credits include Discovery+ documentaries Broken Harts and First To The Top of the World.

The company is in production across multiple projects, including its true crime franchise Snapped (Oxygen), In Pursuit with John Walsh (ID), American Detective (Discovery+), Snapped: Killer Couples (Oxygen) and several premium documentaries, including CuriosityStream’s recently announced Heval.

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Jillian Morgan is the Associate Editor at Realscreen with a background in journalism and digital marketing. She joined the publication in 2019 after serving as the assistant editor to trade publications HPAC and On-Site. With a bachelor of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax, she also works as a freelance writer and fact-checker.

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