EXCLUSIVE: The Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss is getting a development executive at his Warner Horizon Television–based production company Next Entertainment. Noel Siegel has been named to the newly created position of SVP Television Development at Next, reporting to Fleiss. Siegel comes to Next after six years at Fox. Most recently, he served as VP Production, Development and Acquisitions at Fox LOOK, Fox Networks Group’s business unit dedicated to international licensing and production of unscripted programming.
Mike Fleiss, the creator and executive producer of The Bachelor franchise, is joining the CW’s new series H8R. He will team with creators Lisa Gregorisch-Dempsey and Jeremy Spiegel, along with host Mario Lopez, as executive producers on the one-hour reality show. It pairs well-known personalities with real people who don’t like them. The point is to win them over. Fleiss’ Next Entertainment will produce in association with Warner Horizon Television. Mike Harney will co-executive produce. Fleiss’ reality credits include Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire? and High School Reunion. The series premieres September 14 and will air Wednesdays at 8 PM.
UPDATE: Remember how, over a year ago, Reality TV production companies like Next Entertainment (The Bachelor) and Rocket Science (Joe Millionaire) were accused of violating labor laws by a writers’ lawsuit orchestrated by the Writers Guild Of America as a step towards unionizing Reality TV? Well, the question is: Where’s the money? Bad enough the lawsuit claimed the writers were denied overtime pay and breaks and were told to falsify time cards. But I’m told that, so far, writers on the 16 shows covered in the lawsuit fight on and haven’t received one dime. One of the compues sued Rocket Science filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection in California back in September 2009 primarily because of the litigation. What is the WGA doing about this now? And in case anyone didn’t notice, production companies continue to put on primetime network Reality TV shows with non-union writing so this legal action didn’t change anything. And the WGA today is strangely silent on the whole situation.