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7 items from 2009


Eric Wattenberg joins CAA

30 October 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

New York-based reality agent Eric Wattenberg has joined CAA as a senior agent in the agency's expanding New York TV department.

Wattenberg comes from N.S. Bienstock, where he spent the past eight years building a well-regarded unscripted department.

He did Tom Forman's original deal for "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" and Morgan Spurlock's pact for "30 Days."

Current reality and scripted clients he will bring to CAA include Charlie Corwin's Original Media ("Storm Chasers"), Zoo Prods. ("Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?"), Sharp Entertainment ("Man Vs. Food"), Mark Mark Prods. ("Z Rock"), My Entertainment ("Pros Vs. Joes"), Departure Films ("Flip This House"), Eyeboogie ("Pop-Up Video") and Red Line Films ("Timeless").

"Now I can take the business that I've built from scratch over the years and move it into the infrastructure of a full-service agency," Wattenberg said.

Wattenberg, who was featured on THR's Next Generation list in 2004, started off at Wma, »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Big Time Reality Producer -- Heene's a 'Liar'

19 October 2009 4:57 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

The CEO of a big time reality show production company says Richard Heene lied his way through Hollywood trying to hock a reality show that could have put his kids in harm's way.Tom Forman, the CEO of Relativity Real and creator of "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," tells TMZ he saw the Heene family on "Wife Swap" and was both "intrigued and aghast." Forman says he ended up speaking with Heene on the phone a »

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Talpa Media moves in on Bunim/Murray

16 July 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Call it "The Real World" meets "Big Brother."

John de Mol, the Dutch billionaire producer who created the globally successful format for "Big Brother," is acquiring Bunim/Murray Prods., the company behind MTV's groundbreaking reality series "Real World," through his Talpa Media company.

The parties involved declined comment, but sources peg the value of the deal at $50 million-$70 million -- considered a great price for a company that owns very few of its formats.

It speaks to the credentials of Jonathan Murray, who, along with his late partner, Mary-Ellis Bunim, singlehandedly createda genre of television with "Real World."

Bunim-Murray's series include E!'s "Keeping Up With the Kardashians," and the company also took over production on "Project Runway" when the show moved to Lifetime, as well as its spinoff, "Models on the Runway."

In 2007, Talpa Media launched Talpa Content USA, an U.S.-based outfit dedicated to developing new reality formats. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Valderrama inks RelativityReal deal

26 May 2009 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Wilmer Valderrama has inked a three-year overall deal with RelativityReal, the fledging reality/alternative TV arm of Relativity Media run by Tom Forman.

Under the pact, Valderrama will develop and exec produce series for broadcast and cable TV.

This marks RelativityReal's second overall deal, following the pact with veteran unscripted producers Jay Blumenfield and Tony Marsh inked in January.

Valderrama, creator/host/exec producer of MTV's "Yo Momma," has several TV projects in the hopper, including family comedy "Earth to Pablo" at Nickelodeon.

The former "That '70s Show" co-star is repped by UTA, Rigberg Entertainment and attorney Michael Gendler. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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Spt and RelativityREAL join forces

27 March 2009 1:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Sony Pictures Television and RelativityREAL have inked an international distribution deal for programming produced by Relativity. The deal, which will see both companies co-distributing content outside the U.S., was announced Friday by Spt president Steve Mosko and RelativityREAL CEO Tom Forman.

"RelativityREAL has some 20 series and pilots in various stages of development at broadcast and cable networks," Forman said. "As we foray into the international distribution business, we're thrilled to have a great partner in Sony Pictures Television. They have the depth and experience to help ensure those projects reach audiences around the world."

RelativityREAL is known for such shows as "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Kid Nation," "Armed & Famous," "Here Come the Newlyweds" and "High School Musical: Get in the Picture."

RelativityREAL is a joint venture of Relativity Media, LLC and TV producer Forman. »

- By Steve Brennan

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FremantleMedia buys 75% stake in Original

19 February 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

The creator of "Deadliest Catch" and "Ice Road Truckers" has sold a controlling stake of his production company to FremantleMedia.

Thom Beers' Original Prods. has entered into an agreement with the international "American Idol" production house whereby FremantleMedia acquired a 75% stake. Original Prods. CEO Beers and president Philip Segal will continue to lead the company.

"We are very excited to be working with Thom and his talented team," FremantleMedia CEO Tony Cohen said. "Original Prods. have created outstanding shows which have been enormously popular with audiences around the world. We look forward to helping further build the Original Prods. brand."

The 12-year-old Original Prods. will become part of FremantleMedia's network of production, distribution and licensing companies. The two companies have been in talks for months.

Beers already has a distribution relationship with FremantleMedia Enterprises, which has sold his male-oriented gritty reality shows such as "Black Gold" and "1000 Ways to »

- By James Hibberd

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RelativityReal inks first overall deal

14 January 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

RelativityReal, the recently launched reality and alternative television arm of Relativity Media headed by Tom Forman, has inked its first overall deal, a multiyear pact with veteran unscripted producers Jay Blumenfield and Tony Marsh.

Under their Jay & Tony Show banner, Blumenfield and Marsh have produced such series as ABC's "Here Come the Newlyweds" and "High School Musical: Get in the Picture" and Showtime's "Family Business."

Blumenfield and Marsh's deal was brokered by UTA and attorneys Jeanne Newman and John Farrell. »

- By Nellie Andreeva

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