Making the deal with Mok

MTV in business with 'Band' leader

MTV has inked a production agreement with Ken Mok.

Mok, founder and president of 10x10 Prods., created the reality competition series "Making the Band," which premiered in 2000 on ABC before moving two years later to MTV, where it recently wrapped its fourth season.

Mok is executive producer of the CW reality competition shows "America's Next Top Model" and "The Pussycat Dolls Presents" and was vp at MTV Prods., where he supervised TV series and telefilms.

His agreement with MTV includes executive producer services in connection with a pilot and potential series. He will work closely with Liz Gateley, senior vp series development at MTV, who called the partnership a "natural fit."

"Ken is at the forefront of creating the most innovative and groundbreaking content on television," Gateley said. "His shared passion for developing breakthrough programming will be instrumental as we continue to reinvent and seek out new formats for MTV."

MTV pointed out that the deal with Mok is just one of several recent development announcements by the network's newly structured programming team headed by Tony DiSanto, executive vp series development and programming.

Mok's credits include executive producing VH1's "The White Rapper Show" and its upcoming series "The Shot." Mok has been director of comedy development at ABC and a creative executive at NBC. He produced the feature film "Invincible."