Oxygen Media has greenlighted for production All My Babies’ Mamas (working title), a one-hour unscripted special from former top MTV executives-turned-producers Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley. Slated to premiere next spring, the special chronicles the complicated lives of one man, his children’s mamas, and their army of children, capturing the highs and lows of this extreme ‘blended family’ as they navigate their financially and emotionally connected lives. All My Babies’ Mamas, which in success will likely serve as a backdoor pilot, will be produced by DiSanto and Gateley’s company DiGa Vision.
EXCLUSIVE: Former top MTV executives-turned-producers Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley have signed with WME. DiSanto and Gateley had been without agency representation since they left the cable channel at the end of 2010 to launch DiGa, an independent production company set up as a partnership with Ben Silverman’s IAC-backed Electus. At WME, DiGa will be represented by Sean Perry and Lance Klein on the unscripted side and by Ari Greenburg for scripted. DiSanto and Gateley have kept a low profile since starting DiGa in January but have quietly sold a slew of reality and scripted projects and signed number of talent development deals over the past 9 months. They continue to serve as executive producers on the MTV series Teen Wolf, which the duo developed and are also attached to the Weinstein Co.’s American Werewolf In London feature remake. At MTV, where DiSanto served as president of programming and Gateley as head of series development, the two have multiple series commitments. DiGa plans to stay independent but is open to partnering with studios on projects and is exploring new business models. In addition to TV and film, DiGa, which is based in New York City with a production/edit center in Los Angeles, is also active in the digital space.
EXCLUSIVE: Viacom’s Logo network is set to unveil a development slate the includes four new projects designed to continue expanding the channel’s appeal. The projects range from scripted to reality competition shows and include a docu-series starring comedian Lisa Lampanelli that is produced by Chelsea Handler’s Borderline Amazing production company. The four titles:
Former MTV president of programming Tony DiSanto and head of series development Liz Gateley, who left the cable channel on Dec. 31 to launch DiGa, an independent production company in partnership with Ben Silverman’s Electus, today officially announced the launch of the company and unveiled its first development slate. The announcement was made during Silverman’s keynote speech at NATPE. DiGa, a multi-media company, which will be based in New York City with a production/edit center in Los Angeles, is working on a comedy format from Nick Cannon’s NCredible Entertainment starring female personality Amanda Diva; a fashion series with an interactive element from Jill Martin, television personality and author of Fashion for Dummies and the upcoming I Have Nothing to Wear; and three series with Jackhole Industries, Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison’s production company. DiGa, which also has several scripted and reality concepts in active development, has multiple series development commitments with MTV where DiSanto and Gateley continue as executive producers on the upcoming series adaptation of Teen Wolf. (The two were also involved in the development of the network’s racy new drama Skins.) Additionally, DiGa announced the appointment of two execs: producer Mike Powers has been named creative executive, and Scott Silberman will serve as executive in charge of production.
Last Monday was supposed to be a big day for Liz Gateley. As SVP series development at MTV, she had spent the past two and a half years working on a passion project – bringing the raunchy British series Skins to MTV. She pursued the rights to the original series relentlessly for almost 2 years, having originally been turned down by the show’s co-creator Bryan Elsley, before ultimately landing the project, which was quickly picked up to pilot and then to series by MTV president of programming Tony DiSanto. But the two left MTV on Dec. 31, just 2 weeks before Skins‘ debut, to launch their own company. And, after a brief moment of celebration at MTV when the solid premiere ratings for Skins came in last Tuesday, a controversy erupted. To stay true to the original series, Elsley insisted on casting teens with no acting background of the same age as the characters they portray, resulting in a cast aged 15-19. Some actors’ status as minors led to the Parents Television Council’s call to the Feds to investigate the show for possibly violating U.S. child pornography laws. In hindsight, some MTV execs now regret the decision to hire underage actors, sources said. When PTC targeted the racy GQ photo shoot featuring the stars of Fox’s Glee in suggestive poses, the child pornography accusations didn’t hold water because, despite portraying high-school students, the actors on the show are …
MTV CHANGE-UP: Tony DiSanto & Liz Gateley Exit For ProdCo Backed By Ben Silverman; David Janollari To Get Upped
EXCLUSIVE: I hear that MTV’s president of programming Tony DiSanto and his top lieutenant, SVP series development Liz Gateley, will be leaving the network to form a production company that will focus on film as well as scripted and unscripted television. I hear Ben Silverman’s Electus, backed by Barry Diller’s IAC, will own a stake in the new company which has already lined up a number of commitments, including some from MTV. Meanwhile, former WB entertainment president David Janollari, who joined MTV in January as EVP scripted development, will most likely be elevated to a top programming position at the channel. Janollari, who may not inherit DiSanto’s president of programming title, would probably oversee series but not specials, news and events. I hear Janollari has been offered the job and has until tomorrow to accept, which he is expected to do. DiSanto and Gateley are expected to stay through the end of the year to help with the transition.