Keeping Up with the Kardashians producer Bunim/Murray Productions (BMP) has signed Insecure actress Amanda Seales and her Smart, Funny & Black production company to its first-ever Residency deal.
Seales (pictured) will develop, produce and potentially star in both scripted and unscripted series with the Banijay-owned studio.
The Residency offers creators and producers full access to BMP’s development team and production services throughout their tenure with the goal of creating, developing and selling content crafted with their unique point of view.
The first project to emerge from the deal is the scripted series Amanda Seales is Difficult.
“Amanda was the inspiration for us to create the Residency program, as she embodies the perfect partner for Bunim/Murray — a brilliant comedienne, talented writer, an entrepreneurial producer and a thought provocateur,” president Julie Pizzi said in a statement.
“This residency with the team at Bunim Murray is a major elevation opportunity for Smart Funny & Black Productions, which has grown from the ground-up, rooted in using comedy to strengthen community,” says Seales. “And what’s exciting about working with BMP, is that they’re not only mavericks in the unscripted space, but they’re also actively expanding their slate to other formats. I’m incredibly excited to be a driving force in bringing Black comedic narratives and joyful stories to the screen via my scripted and unscripted projects that span from competition formats to talking head and to whatever other dopeness the SFB/BMP squad and I drum up!”
BMP is behind such unscripted series as The Real World, Road Rules and The Challenge. Its newer programming includes Paramount+’s The Real World Homecoming: New York and The Challenge: All Stars; and Facebook’s Sway Life and House of Creators.
The prodco is also rebooting Don’t Forget The Lyrics for Fox and just launched the Spanish language game show Cazatesoros in Mexico on TV Azteca with Endemol Shine Boomdog and Korean studio CJ ENM.