Esquire network has started production on a new series with Joel Silver, “My Friends Call Me Johnny” — an interview show hosted by Jean Pigozzi, Esquire Network president, Adam Stotsky announced this afternoon at Winter TV Press Tour 2014. It’ll be different from all the other interview shows because Pigozzi will travel the globe to ask the most personal questions of his celebrity friends, including Michael Douglas, Brett Ratner, Calvin Klein, and Martha Stewart, among others.
Stotsky also wanted TV critics to know that in its first 16 weeks on the air, Esquire network has transitioned from a 20% male audience for Style, to 60% male for Esquire, exceeding the network’s audience composition goals. This proves, Stotsky said, the network is moving in the right direction and, to that end, they’ve ordered second seasons on the following:
· KNIFE FIGHT: Executive produced by Flower Films and Authentic Entertainment, and hosted by chef Ilan Hall, KNIFE FIGHT is an underground cooking competition featuring mystery ingredients, a one-hour time limit and a crowd of die-hard foodies. Twenty-four half-hour episodes are expected to premiere in 2nd Quarter 2014.
· BREW DOGS: Scottish rebels James Watt and Martin Dickie are returning to America to spread their love of craft beer. They’re touring the country, celebrating our finest craft breweries and creating some truly unique brews of their own. Ten one-hour episodes have been ordered from Custom Productions and Redtail Media for 2nd Quarter 2014.
· BOUNDLESS: To conquer the world’s most intense endurance competitions, athleticism and willpower alone aren’t enough. What you need is a great friend. Simon Donato and Paul “Turbo” Trebilcock are taking on another season of the most extreme competitions on Earth. Ten one-hour episodes have been ordered from Breakthrough Entertainment for 2nd Quarter 2014.
· WHITE COLLAR BRAWLERS: Two office adversaries leave their cubicles behind and enter the ring in every episode. They’ll push themselves to the limit, learning to box from some of the sport’s most hardcore trainers. As they prepare for the final bout, these fighters will discover that true victory isn’t decided in the ring, but in the journey that takes them there. Ten one-hour episodes have been ordered by Authentic Entertainment for 4th Quarter 2014.
· BEST BARS IN AMERICA: Produced by Magical Elves, this Fall 2013 special will expand to quarterly specials in 2014. BEST BARS draws from Esquire magazine’s popular curated list of the best bars in the country.
Meanwhile, Esquire announced new development deals with:
· Randi Zuckerberg and Coolfire Media, for a series tentatively titled HQ, which will showcase the most creative work environments around the country.
· Ellen Rakieten Entertainment and Relativity Real, for CAR MATCHMAKER (WT). The series will feature comedy writer and lifelong car aficionado Spike Feresten as he sets up car-challenged men with the vehicles that could turn their lives around.
· Jane Root’s Nutopia, for the documentary series DOWNFALL (WT), which tracks the notorious and spectacular rise and fall of prominent businessmen, politicians and athletes.
· World of Wonder and Esquire magazine sex columnist, Stacey Grenrock-Woods, for a comedic and provocative look at some of the sex and relationship questions her readers ask every month. THE STACEY GRENROCK-WOODS PROJECT is currently untitled.