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.
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.
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.