Producer Ellen Rakieten signs with Relativity

Deal includes creating series, offices in L.A., Chicago

Veteran producer Ellen Rakieten ("The Marriage Ref," "The Oprah Winfrey Show") has signed a producing deal with Relativity Media.

Rakieten and her company Ellen Rakieten Entertainment have made a multi-year agreement with RelativityREAL, the unscripted television arm of Relativity Media.

She'll create TV series for the company, which has made three other similar overall deals since launching 18 months ago.

"Ellen is the complete package: a talented producer, a gifted storyteller and a savvy entrepreneur," said RelativityREAL's Tom Forman. "Ellen is exactly the kind of person we're looking for as we continue to build RelativityREAL into the consummate 'producer's shop' and the most nimble and creative television production company in the world."

Rakieten will have a seven-figure budget to hire a staff and open offices in Los Angeles and Chicago. RelativityREAL has previously made overall deals with producers Jay Blumenfield and Tony Marsh; Wilmer Valderrama's WV Enterprises; and Ashley Tisdale's Blondie Girl Productions.
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