9:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Catfish' Producer Inks Overall Deal With Lionsgate TV
Lionsgate TV continues to bolster its unscripted roster.
The studio has signed four-time Emmy-winning director-producer Jonathan Karsh to a multiyear overall deal. The pact will see the former Relativity TV senior vp creative affairs develop and produce alternative programming via his new Shiny Objects Entertainment banner.
The veteran producer developed and exec produced MTV's groundbreaking Catfish: The TV Show and HBO's My Flesh and Blood, TLC's Policewomen and My Five Wives, OWN's Confronting and Lifetime's Coming Home.
"As Lionsgate TV expands its alternative programming portfolio, Jonathan fits right in with our mandate to create formats that can travel around the globe as well as identify interesting worlds to target for series," Lionsgate TV exec vp alternative programming Jennifer O’Connell said. "Jonathan is an award-winning, multi-talented producer, director and executive and we are thrilled to be able to support him as he starts his new company."
Added Karsh: "Lionsgate is home to some of the best shows on television. I'm thrilled to join forces with such a talented team of TV pros to create dynamic and original content."
Karsh is repped by 3 Arts and Hansen Jacobson.
The deal comes as Lionsgate TV continues to add to its unscripted arsenal. The company recently signed pacts with Laguna Beach grad Adam DiVello as well as Eli Frankel, Dave Caplan and Matt Kunitz.