Mike Holmes' Point Load Pictures Adds Shanna Albert as Development Head

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The veteran Canadian producer will oversee an expanding slate of original American and Canadian series from the popular HGTV handyman and Peter Kettlewell.

TORONTO - As HGTV home repair host Mike Holmes forges ahead with a new production shingle Point Load Pictures, long-time Canadian TV exec Shanna Albert has been hired on as VP of development.

Albert, to be based in Toronto, moves over from Peace Point Entertainment, where she was head of development for three years.

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Holmes, a long-time home contractor with trademark bib overalls and Popeye forearms, built a Canadian TV following by gutting suburban homes to replace shoddy construction or renovations, and now has in Holmes on Homes and Holmes Inspection two top-rated shows on HGTV U.S.

And late last year, the celebrity home renovator partnered with veteran TV producer Peter Kettlewell to launch Point Load Pictures, with an eye to making TV series outside of the Mike Holmes brand.

With Albert now on board to oversee development, Point Load is working on a spin-off HGTV pilot for Holmes Inspection foreman Damon Bennett, entitled Damon Bennett Restoration Co.

Also in the pipeline is The Finisher, a home reno series out Portland, Oregon hosted by Frank McGinness, a world class wood finisher.

William Morris, which reps Point Load in the U.S. market, brought the project to the Canadian producer.

Point Load is also developing The Demo Diva, a reality series hosted by Simone Bruni, who opened a commercial demolition company in New Orleans in the wake of the Hurricane Katrina flooding disaster.

And away from the home reno genre, Point Load is developing Big Food, a reality series about giant-scale cooking, like baking 76,000 loaves of bread daily at Riker’s Island prison in New York City, or making 10,000 pancakes in one go at West Point military academy.

Albert jumps to Point Load from Canadian producer Peace Point Entertainment, where her TV credits included Bake, hosted by Anna Olson, Keasha’s Perfect Dress and Chimp Mommy.

“Shanna shares myself and Point Load’s passion for production, great casting, creating compelling stories, and assembling the best production teams for each individual project,” Kettlewell, president of Point Load, said on news of Albert’s hire.

For her part, Albert will pitch Canadian, American and other international broadcasters on original series from the Point Load slate.

“I’m grateful to have the opportunity to work with some of the best production executives, broadcasters, top talent, producers and directors, and some of the hardest working crews in this country in this next chapter,” Albert said.