9:03am PT by Rick Porter
'Love & Hip Hop' Creator Mona Scott-Young Signs Lionsgate Overall Deal
The creator of one of the biggest unscripted franchises on cable has signed an overall deal with Lionsgate.
Mona Scott-Young, the creator of VH1's Love & Hip Hop, will develop unscripted series for Lionsgate's alternative division via her Monami Productions. The deal also encompasses potential projects for the studio's scripted and digital arms.
"We're thrilled to partner with an incredibly creative and talented producer who is one in a million," said Jennifer O'Connell, Lionsgate executive vp and head of worldwide alternative programming. "Mona is a talent magnet who has established remarkable relationships in the entertainment industry and created one of TV's biggest reality franchises. We look forward to collaborating on exciting content for our alternative programming slate and can't wait to kick off our partnership."
Added Young, "I'm delighted to be working with an entrepreneurial Hollywood studio that endorses bold, original content and the artists behind it. I'm excited to join Kevin [Beggs], Sandra [Stern], Jen and the rest of the Lionsgate team in developing unscripted series that can break barriers and resonate across all audiences."
The deal with Scott-Young follows Lionsgate's signing of Power creator Courtney A. Kemp to a multiyear overall deal that could include spinoffs of the Starz hit.
Scott-Young created the Love & Hip Hop franchise for VH1, which currently includes four series under that title (set in New York, Atlanta, Hollywood and Miami) and has spawned five spinoffs and a host of specials. The four main versions are consistently VH1's top-rated shows.
Scott-Young has also managed hip-hop star Missy Elliott for 20 years and is co-owner of the management company Violator. She executive produces XScape: Still Kickin' It for Bravo and produced the group's reunion tour.
She is repped by UTA, TCA Management and Sloane Offer.