Reelz Extends Asylum Deal for 50 Hours of Unscripted Fare
Reelz Channel is extending its relationship with Asylum Entertainment.
Under the pact, the cable network will team with the production company behind Beverly Hills Pawn for 50 hours of unscripted programming set to join the network's lineup in 2014.
The programming will be distributed over 10 series and is an extension of the pact that started in 2011 with the heavily publicized acquisition of The Kennedys after History dropped the controversial mini.
In addition to the scripted mini, Asylum also produces The Capones and Hollywood Hillbillies for Reelz.
"Asylum is one of the great TV production companies and, especially as an independent network, we are lucky to have such committed partners as Jonathan Koch and Steve Michaels," said Reelz CEO Stan E. Hubbard. "Reelz's viewers, distributors and sponsors will be the beneficiaries with an immense amount of truly original programming coming to our network."
"Asylum Entertainment has been an integral part of Reelz, first with an award-winning miniseries that propelled the network to new heights and with our first unscripted docuseries, Beverly Hills Pawn, that quickly became a viewer favorite," said Steve Cheskin, senior vp programming at Reelz.
"Reelz has proven that they are absolutely committed to presenting great original programming for their audience and distributors. We are honored to be a part of that initiative in such a significant way," said Jonathan Koch, president and chief creative officer at Asylum.