10:00am PT by Kate Stanhope
Bethenny Frankel Launches Production Company, Signs Overall Deal With Leftfield Entertainment
Bethenny Frankel's empire is expanding.
The Real Housewives of New York City star and Skinnygirl mogul has launched her own production company, B Real Productions, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Additionally, the reality star and entrepreneur has signed an overall deal with Leftfield Entertainment.
Frankel and Leftfield, led by CEO Brent Montgomery, are also collaborating on unscripted series Closet Porn and Cocktail Porn in addition to Food Porn. The latter, which hails from Leftfield Entertainment's Loud TV and is executive produced by Frankel, debuts Thursday on FYI.
As part of their overall deal, brokered by Leftfield Entertainment’s CCO Adam Sher with Frankel and CAA, they will work together to develop and produce original projects in line with Frankel's passion and expertise in fields including food and drink, branding, lifestyle and business.
“I’m excited to be launching B Real Productions and producing creative and innovative content with Brent, Adam and the rest of the Leftfield team," Frankel said Tuesday in a statement. "In addition to my time in front of the camera, I am enjoying being behind-the-scenes developing bold, disruptive and real programming.”
Added Montgomery: "Bethenny's super-human drive, innate sense of what can gain traction in the marketplace and in the media, and her amazing entrepreneurial spirit make her a true complement and fit for Leftfield. She’s a total original and we’re eager to join forces to launch into Bethenny’s 'porn'-oriented food, fashion and lifestyle worlds, and beyond."
The overall deal is just the latest small-screen venture for Frankel. After coming in second place on The Apprentice: Martha Stewart, she was one of the original stars of Real Housewives of New York City before leaving to star in her own spinoff, Bethenny Ever After. During her Bravo tenure, viewers watched Frankel turn her Skinnygirl margaritas into a booming worldwide brand that now also includes popcorn, protein bars, coffee and appliances. After her short-lived talk show came to an end in 2014, Frankel rejoined the Real Housewives this past year, which led to a ratings uptick for Bravo. In addition, Frankel is the author of five New York Times best-selling books.
ITV acquired an 80 percent stake in Leftfield in 2014. In addition to Loud TV, the company is also home to Leftfield Pictures, Sirens Media, Outpost Entertainment and Riot Creative. Sirens produces another Real Housewives installment, Real Housewives of New Jersey.
Frankel is repped by CAA.