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Extra: Discovery+ orders Kendra Wilkinson series; Pernel Media hires Payot Lehmann

Discovery+ greenlights real estate series featuring Kendra Wilkinson Discovery+ has greenlit a new series featuring TV personality, model and best-selling author Kendra Wilkinson pursuing her passion for real estate. Kendra Sells Hollywood is ...
July 7, 2021

Discovery+ greenlights real estate series featuring Kendra Wilkinson

Discovery+ has greenlit a new series featuring TV personality, model and best-selling author Kendra Wilkinson pursuing her passion for real estate.

Kendra Sells Hollywood is a six-part docuseries following Wilkinson (pictured) as she joins with Douglas Elliman, one of the most successful and competitive real estate firms in Los Angeles, with no prior experience. In the series, Wilkinson learns the trade and lands her first sale.

Bodega Pictures’ Benjamin Nurick, Joshua Ackerman and Kristy Wampole will executive produce the series, which will stream on Discovery+ this fall.

“We’ve enjoyed watching Kendra for years and we’re certain that her fun, positive vibe and adventurous, ‘let-me-at it’ spirit will inspire the best stories in real estate,” said HGTV president Jane Latman, whose team greenlights home content for Discovery+.

Pernel Media taps Payot Lehmann for exec producer role

Independent TV prodco Pernel Media has appointed Celine Payot Lehmann to its senior management team, joining the company as international executive producer.

In the role, Payot Lehmann will manage and develop Pernel’s slate of factual programming with global appeal. She’ll also be responsible for co-production financing and continuing to build international partnerships with broadcasters, platforms and distributors. She will report to Pernel Media president Samuel Kissous.

Prior to joining Pernel, Payot Lehmann was head of distribution at Arte Distribution for five years, and previous to that was head of distribution and acquisitions for ZED.

“Celine will help come up with smart co-financing plans that can make the money go further for each partner involved. With Celine we will also be working on global deals with platforms and multi-territory broadcasters,” said Kissous in a release.

Blue Ant Int’l inks global licensing deals

Toronto-based global distributor Blue Ant International has licensed more than 650 hours of programming to ViacomCBS’s free streaming service, Pluto TV.

The programming will be available starting this month across Pluto TV’s live linear channels as well as its VOD service in the U.S., UK, France and Latin American territories.

The deal was brokered by Ludo Dufour, senior vice president of international co-productions and sales for Blue Ant International, with Kate Blank, senior director of international sales for Blue Ant International securing sales to Pluto TV in France.

Among the titles included in the deal in English and Spanish are Pet Heroes (24 x 30 minutes, Corkscrew Media), about animals in heroic rescues; several DIY and home renovation titles starring celebrity designer Sarah Richardson, including seasons one to four of Sarah’s House (49 x 30 minutes, SRH Productions) and Design Inc.  (66 x 30 minutes, SRH Productions); and seasons one to six of Candice Tells All (78 x 30 minutes, Fusion Television), starring design expert Candice Olson.

For Spanish-speaking audiences there’s Pick a Puppy (48 x 30 minutes, Rhino Content), about families search of the perfect puppy; Rebel Without a Kitchen (26 x 30 minutes, General Purpose Entertainment), following chef Matt Basile on the road; and Taste of the Country (13 x 30 minutes, Blue Ant Studios), starring Danielle French, who designs and executes rustic-chic events at her rural property.

In France, Pluto TV will offer Dino Hunt (4 x 60 minutes, Cream Productions), which uses CGI technology to bring dinosaurs to life; Donut Showdown (40 x 30 minutes, Nikki Ray Media Agency) and Sugar Showdown (34 x 30 minutes, Nikki Ray Media Agency) competition series about confectionary creations; Cabin Truckers (26 x 30 minutes, Windfall Films), about a moving team hauling cabins to remote locations; Land Speed Heroes (6 x 60 minutes, Blue Ant Studios), featuring amateur and professional racers trying to set land speed records on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats; and Backroad Bounty seasons one and two (26 x 60 minutes, Our House Media), which follows antique experts looking for vintage gems.

With files from Andrew Jeffrey

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