12:00pm PT by Michael O'Connell
Tyra Banks Inks First-Look Deal for Scripted and Reality at Universal TV
Tyra Banks, creator of one of reality TV’s most enduring formats, has inked a first-look deal with Universal Television and Universal Television Alternative Studio for scripted and unscripted projects.
The multihyphenate’s Bankable Productions will develop series for both wings of the Comcast-owned company, little more than a year after she started working with NBC as host of America’s Got Talent. Banks’ credits as a producer are numbered, but few are more impressive than America’s Next Top Model. The competition show, which has aired on UPN, the CW and, currently, VH1 runs in 150 countries and boasts 25 international versions.
“America’s Next Top Model has been on the air for 24 seasons, proving Tyra’s standing and commitment as one of television’s top producers,” said Alternative Studio president Meredith Ahr. “We are thrilled to infuse her creative vision, expertise and dedication into our studio’s development."
Pearlena Igbokwe, the Universal Television president who’ll work with Banks on the scripted front, added, “Tyra is one of the most driven producers in television. She has long brought incredible passion to her unscripted projects and I can’t wait to start collaborating with her on the scripted side.”
In addition to ANTM, Banks’ other producorial credits include The Tyra Banks Show, for which she won two Daytime Emmys, and the upcoming Disney Channel movie, Life-Size 2.
Banks is repped by UTA and Hansen Jacobson.