Howie Mandel Inks First-Look Deal With CORE Media

Howie Mandel NBC Press Day 2011
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Deal or No Deal host Howie Mandel has made a new deal.

The prolific unscripted TV personality has inked a new first-look deal with American Idol owner CORE Media Group, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Under the new pact, Mandel's Alevy Productions will create and executive produce new unscripted and scripted TV and digital projects.

"Over the course of my long-standing relationship with Howie, I have come to appreciate him as possessing that extremely rare combination of being an incredibly talented performer as well as a smart, savvy producer,” CORE Media Group president Marc Graboff said. "I am excited to be back in business with Howie and Alevy."

The CORE deal comes as Mandel continues to be a regular on NBC's America's Got Talent, where he's the longest-serving judge on the talent competition series. Mandel, through his Alevy Productions with partner Mike Marks, currently produces TBS' hidden-camera entry Deal With It. He also earned an Emmy nomination for his hosting duties on Deal or No Deal. He has three Daytime Emmy Award nominations including for hosting the syndicated version of Deal or No Deal and two for his children's show, Bobby's World.

For its part, Alevy Productions' credits also include Mobbed, Take It All and Howie Do It. Alevy will continue to be based in Los Angeles, where CORE Media Group's TV unit is also based.

"CORE is a nimble, entrepreneurial company that is perfectly suited for the challenges of today’s ever-changing media landscape. I couldn’t be happier about partnering with the CORE team,” Mandel said.

WME, 3 Arts and Bill Sobel brokered the deal for Alevy.

For CORE, the news comes two years after the company launched its own development and production arm for scripted and nonscripted fare. Through its various units, CORE has development and production deals with more than 30 networks including NBC, Fox, Discovery, A&E, Spike, TNT and E!, among others. CORE's portfolio also includes 19 Entertainment -- producers of the American Idol format worldwide -- as well as So You Think You Can Dance.

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