Invelop and STX Bring BAD MOMS to FOX

February 9, 2018 5:22AM
The Hollywood Reporter - Written by Michael O'Connell

In the arena of unexpected IP, the Bad Moms film franchise could soon find itself translated into reality TV.

Fox is in early development stages of a Bad Moms unscripted series. The network is working with feature distributor STX Entertainment, which is producing the project. There aren't too many details as of yet, but it will take the films' premise of imperfect parents and shift the focus to real-life moms.

Bad Moms, starring Mila Kunis, Kristen Bell and Kathryn Hahn, was a sleeper hit in 2016 and sparked the 2017 sequel Bad Moms Christmas. The pair took in a combined worldwide box-office total of $314 million.

The TV project is being executive produced by Jason Goldberg, STX's chief creative officer, unscripted and alternative programming, and prolific unscripted producer Brant Pinvidic (My Cat From Hell, Bar Rescue).

The possibilities of tweaking the source material to work for reality are many, with much of them veering more towards docuseries than the kind of unscripted show Fox typically airs. The bulk of the network's alternative roster, be it the recently renewed singing competition The Four or the ongoing culinary-focused Hell's Kitchen and MasterChef, are traditional competition series.

Fox got a new reality czar in 2017 with the addition of veteran showrunner Rob Wade as president of alternative and specials. His big order thus far has been The Four

Nat Geo Greenlights Silicon Valley Themed Limited Series

November 15, 2017 12:00AM

Nat Geo Greenlights Silicon Valley-Themed Limited Series From Matthew Carnahan, Arianna Huffington, Invelop & StxTV


National Geographic has given a green light to its next scripted project, Valley of the Boom, a drama/documentary hybrid limited series about the ’90s tech boom, from showrunner and director Matthew Carnahan (House of Lies), executive producer Arianna Huffington, Invelop Entertainment, and StxTV.

National Geographic

Led by Silicon Valley, the 1990s tech boom spawned some of the world’s most influential people and recognizable brands. The new six-part limited series will look at the culture of speculation, innovation and debauchery that led to the rapid inflation and burst of the 1990s tech bubble. As with its hybrid series Mars, Nat Geo will use select doc elements to support the scripted drama to tell the true inside story of the dramatic early days of Silicon Valley.

Valley of the Boom will be produced by STX Entertainment’s TV studio, STXtv, for Nat Geo. Carnahan and Huffington executive produce, along with Jason Goldberg (The Platinum Life, Punk’d), Brant Pinvidic (Bar Rescue), and David Walpert (House of Lies, New Girl). David Newsom is co-executive producer and will lead the non-scripted unit of the production. Joel Ehninger of Matthew Carnahan Circus Products boards as producer.

The series will premiere globally on National Geographic in 171 countries and 45 languages. STX will distribute the series in China.

“National Geographic pioneered the hybrid scripted-docuseries genre with Mars, which is currently in production on its second season. With Valley of the Boom, we are continuing on the same genre-busting path,” said Carolyn Bernstein, executive vice president and head of global scripted programming and development at National Geographic. “The provocative world of Silicon Valley has long dominated headlines and captured the public’s imagination. We cannot wait to tell this timely, wildly unpredictable and captivating story of the early days of the dotcom boom and bust with showrunner Matthew Carnahan and his signature irreverent blend of drama, comedy and pathos.”

Carnahan is a critically acclaimed novelist, playwright, director and writer for television and features. His most recent series, House of Lies, starring Don Cheadle and Kristen Bell, ran for five seasons on Showtime and won Cheadle a Golden Globe for Best Actor. Carnahan is repped by ICM & Lighthouse Management & Media.

Valley of the Boom is the perfect example of the creatively ambitious, globally-minded content that STXtv is producing for audiences across platforms,” said Jada Miranda, EVP and Head of Scripted Television at STXtv. “Matthew has been a dream collaborator and the perfect creator for this project – blending his past in documentary filmmaking with expert TV series show running. We’re thrilled to bring his innovative vision to National Geographic and give audiences a peek behind the curtain of one of the most fascinating periods in recent history.”

Added Carnahan, “We wanted to make something as disruptive and exciting as the people and the tech that came out of The Valley during this period, so this is a wild, hybridized, rule-breaking look at a truly remarkable time and place.

STXtv and NatGeo have allowed us tremendous creative freedom, and I’m excited about making something truly new and different.”

Huffington is founder of The Huffington Post, founder and CEO of Thrive Global, and author of 15 books, including Thrive and The Sleep Revolution.

“Silicon Valley and the technology that came out of it dominate our world in so many ways, both physically and culturally,” said Huffington. “But we can’t understand the present without understanding how we got here. So I’m thrilled to be partnering with a master storyteller like Matthew Carnahan, a global studio of STXtv’s caliber and a brand that has rightly earned such deep trust and loyalty as National Geographic.”

Valley of the Boom
follows Nat Geo’s Genius, which received 10 Emmy nominations, and the premiere of its critically praised drama series The Long Road Home.

Valley of the Boom will be produced by STX Entertainment’s TV studio, STXtv, for Nat Geo. Carnahan and Huffington executive produce, along with Jason Goldberg (The Platinum Life, Punk’d), Brant Pinvidic (Bar Rescue), and David Walpert (House of Lies, New Girl). David Newsom is co-executive producer and will lead the non-scripted unit of the production. Joel Ehninger of Matthew Carnahan Circus Products boards as producer.

FYI adds nine unscripted originals to 2017 roster

March 27, 2017 12:00AM - Written by Selina Chignall

A+E Network’s channel FYI will add nine new original unscripted series to its roster in 2017, as well as five returning seasons of programs.

The channel’s slate focuses on three core lifestyle genres: food, relationships and home. The network’s young and affluent digital audience has grown triple digits across all platforms since January 2015, said FYI, in a statement.

Along with a roster of new shows, returning series include a second season of Food Porn and Tiny House Nation, hosted John Weisbarth for a fourth season. 

New shows like You Can’t Turn That Into a House and Prefabulous — which each tackle real estate trends — follow in the direction of the network’s hit show, Tiny House Nation, said Gena McCarthy, EVP of programming and development for FYI, in an interview with realscreen.

McCarthy said the new lineup of shows delivers on the network’s core lifestyle genres and of their core editorial theme, “alternative to mainstream approach to living and to lifestyle.”

“It’s these unique differentiated alternative approaches to living that are aspirational but attainable,” she said.

McCarthy added that FYI attracts an upscale audience — a definition based on household income of their viewership — skewed 60% female and 40% male.

“We know what works — it simply strikes a chord with our audience and [we're] very excited about these programs,” she said.

Over the coming months, FYI will announce programming premiere dates for its 2017 roster. Below are the titles of the new shows with descriptions courtesy of the network.

You Can’t Turn That Into a House - Missouri-based brothers Taimoor and Rehan Nana, along with their partner and architect Kyle Davis, use their out-of-the-box ingenuity and renovation skills to build amazing living spaces out of totally impossible locations. Whether it’s turning a rusted-out old silo into a high-rise one bedroom or transforming an old de-commissioned airplane into a home with wings, there is no job too extreme for this crew. You Can’t Turn That Into a House is produced by Red Arrow Industries

Stove Tots (pictured) – The new show follows the next generation of cooking masters – young maestros of the kitchen – as they prepare and compete in cook-offs across the US. Each episode will feature a new group of culinary wunderkinds, along with their overbearing parents, as they prepare recipes, search for inspiration and deal with the pressures of competition. It all leads up to competition day, where three culinary phenoms will go head-to-head in a two-round elimination tournament. Stove Tots is produced by Collins Ave.

A Question of Love explores what happens when couples decide to take a major step in their relationship – moving in together. The series will follow three couples, all at different points in their relationship, who will ask each other a series of questions designed specifically to highlight the truth and the spaces between them. With guidance from relationship expert and certified dating coach, Damona Hoffman, these ‘questions of love’ give each person the permission to ask questions they may have never asked on their own. Over the next several weeks, viewers will watch as they cohabitate and see whether the revelations have helped or hurt their chances for a successful relationship. A Question of Love is produced by Noble Savages.

My So Called Simple Life follows three couples as they leave careers and material objects behind in pursuit of a simpler life. Living off-the-grid is a drastic change and their new lifestyle will test their relationships, unlike anything else before. Will these couples succeed or will their so-called simple way of life prove more difficult than they ever imagined? After several months of living off-the-grid, each couple will decide whether or not they want to continue with this new lifestyle or pack it in and go back to their old ways. Propagate Content produces My So Called Simple Life. 

In Man vs Master, unknown chefs working in the trenches of the food industry will compete for the opportunity of a lifetime – a coveted apprenticeship with a world-renowned celebrity chef – but in order to win, they will have to beat the master in a face-off first. In each episode, three new emerging chefs will go head-to-head in challenges related to a master chef’s specialty. After two intense rounds, only one chef will remain and face the same culinary icon whose dishes they have been emulating in a third and final challenge. A rotating roster of culinary masters will be featured throughout the series and Richard Blais, American chef, successful restauranteur and James Beard-nominated author, will serve as host. Man vs Master is produced by Kinetic Content

Prefabulous celebrates America’s next big trend in real estate, prefabricated homes. Pre-fab living has become the “new” American dream for homebuyers who want all things custom, at a reasonable price. No longer the generic pre-fab homes of yesteryear, architects and designers are building high-end, architecturally stunning, yet affordable fully customizable homes and getting it all done on a very short timeline. In each episode of the series, viewers will follow an individual or family as they embark on building their dream pre-fab home. Prefabulous is produced by Vox Entertainment

Sheffield Real Estate follows DeLeon Sheffield and her family as she manages her fast-growing real estate business in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, all while raising three rowdy young boys. Armed with the support of her husband, baseball legend Gary Sheffield, DeLeon helps upscale clients find their dream home. Her outspoken business partner and mother Debbie, lives with the family and helps rein in her grandsons when she’s not too busy reining in real estate deals. Pink Sneakers Productions produces Sheffield Real Estate.

Virtually Renovated - In this new series, the first of its kind, homeowners will collaborate with an expert team of high-end designers to renovate their home, with one major difference; the designers will present all of their designs in state-of-the-art virtual reality. Using the latest in Samsung VR technology, the homeowners will walk through the designs, choosing the one they feel is best. Along the way, viewers can follow along with their own VR goggles, experiencing the design process and the renovation as if they were right there. Will the final reveal be everything the homeowners dreamed, or will they be disappointed once the virtual becomes reality? Virtually Renovated is produced by INvelop Entertainment

In Hunting Abroad, viewers will follow along as a family or a couple prepare to make the ultimate move. With the help of an international real estate expert, they will visit a stunning international city, and tour three breathtaking and unique properties. The potential homeowners will dive deep into what it’s like to live there – speaking with current residents and experiencing neighborhoods first hand. From a beachfront neighborhood teeming with bohemian shops and vegetarian cuisine to a quiet cottage with the best coffee in town, each prospective homeowner will talk the talk and walk the walk with the locals to figure out which neighborhood best fits their lifestyle. Ultimately, they’ll make their decision, choosing the perfect home, and lifestyle, for them. Hunting Abroadis produced by The Cartel.

Returning seasons of shows include Tiny House Nation, Food Porn, Zombie House Flipping, My Floating Home and Tiny House Hunting.

Greco elevated to VP of development at INvelop

March 8, 2017 12:00AM - Written by Selina Chignall

Garret Greco has been elevated to vice-president of development at INvelop Entertainment from his previous role as director of development.

In his new position, Greco will oversee the development of unscripted reality, documentary and digital projects for INvelop, an L.A.-based TV prodco.

Greco brings over seven years of entertainment experience to the INvelop team. Having previously worked in both production and talent representation, he began producing reality television at 3 Ball Entertainment.

While there, he was part of the  development team that produced Bar Rescue (Spike), Extreme Makeover: Weight loss Edition (ABC), Catch A Contractor (Spike), My Cat From Hell (Animal Planet), LA Hair (WEtv) amongst other projects in development for a variety of cable and broadcast networks.

“It’s an honor to be entrusted with the responsibilities of this position, ” said Greco, in a statement. “I look forward to continue working with our extremely talented development team to create and produce engaging content for television and other multimedia platforms.”

INdevelop Entertainment was founded in 2016 by veteran television producer Brant Pinvidic. The prodco entered into a multi-year producing agreement with STX Entertainment. STX and INvelop will copro all projects under the current deal and have more than a dozen projects in development with various cable and broadcast networks.