FYI adds nine unscripted originals to 2017 roster

March 27, 2017 12:00AM
Realscreen.com - Written by Selina Chignall

A+E Network’s channel FYI will add nine new original unscripted series to its roster in 2017, as well as five returning seasons of programs.

The channel’s slate focuses on three core lifestyle genres: food, relationships and home. The network’s young and affluent digital audience has grown triple digits across all platforms since January 2015, said FYI, in a statement.

Along with a roster of new shows, returning series include a second season of Food Porn and Tiny House Nation, hosted John Weisbarth for a fourth season. 

New shows like You Can’t Turn That Into a House and Prefabulous — which each tackle real estate trends — follow in the direction of the network’s hit show, Tiny House Nation, said Gena McCarthy, EVP of programming and development for FYI, in an interview with realscreen.

McCarthy said the new lineup of shows delivers on the network’s core lifestyle genres and of their core editorial theme, “alternative to mainstream approach to living and to lifestyle.”

“It’s these unique differentiated alternative approaches to living that are aspirational but attainable,” she said.

McCarthy added that FYI attracts an upscale audience — a definition based on household income of their viewership — skewed 60% female and 40% male.

“We know what works — it simply strikes a chord with our audience and [we're] very excited about these programs,” she said.

Over the coming months, FYI will announce programming premiere dates for its 2017 roster. Below are the titles of the new shows with descriptions courtesy of the network.

You Can’t Turn That Into a House - Missouri-based brothers Taimoor and Rehan Nana, along with their partner and architect Kyle Davis, use their out-of-the-box ingenuity and renovation skills to build amazing living spaces out of totally impossible locations. Whether it’s turning a rusted-out old silo into a high-rise one bedroom or transforming an old de-commissioned airplane into a home with wings, there is no job too extreme for this crew. You Can’t Turn That Into a House is produced by Red Arrow Industries

Stove Tots (pictured) – The new show follows the next generation of cooking masters – young maestros of the kitchen – as they prepare and compete in cook-offs across the US. Each episode will feature a new group of culinary wunderkinds, along with their overbearing parents, as they prepare recipes, search for inspiration and deal with the pressures of competition. It all leads up to competition day, where three culinary phenoms will go head-to-head in a two-round elimination tournament. Stove Tots is produced by Collins Ave.

A Question of Love explores what happens when couples decide to take a major step in their relationship – moving in together. The series will follow three couples, all at different points in their relationship, who will ask each other a series of questions designed specifically to highlight the truth and the spaces between them. With guidance from relationship expert and certified dating coach, Damona Hoffman, these ‘questions of love’ give each person the permission to ask questions they may have never asked on their own. Over the next several weeks, viewers will watch as they cohabitate and see whether the revelations have helped or hurt their chances for a successful relationship. A Question of Love is produced by Noble Savages.

My So Called Simple Life follows three couples as they leave careers and material objects behind in pursuit of a simpler life. Living off-the-grid is a drastic change and their new lifestyle will test their relationships, unlike anything else before. Will these couples succeed or will their so-called simple way of life prove more difficult than they ever imagined? After several months of living off-the-grid, each couple will decide whether or not they want to continue with this new lifestyle or pack it in and go back to their old ways. Propagate Content produces My So Called Simple Life. 

In Man vs Master, unknown chefs working in the trenches of the food industry will compete for the opportunity of a lifetime – a coveted apprenticeship with a world-renowned celebrity chef – but in order to win, they will have to beat the master in a face-off first. In each episode, three new emerging chefs will go head-to-head in challenges related to a master chef’s specialty. After two intense rounds, only one chef will remain and face the same culinary icon whose dishes they have been emulating in a third and final challenge. A rotating roster of culinary masters will be featured throughout the series and Richard Blais, American chef, successful restauranteur and James Beard-nominated author, will serve as host. Man vs Master is produced by Kinetic Content

Prefabulous celebrates America’s next big trend in real estate, prefabricated homes. Pre-fab living has become the “new” American dream for homebuyers who want all things custom, at a reasonable price. No longer the generic pre-fab homes of yesteryear, architects and designers are building high-end, architecturally stunning, yet affordable fully customizable homes and getting it all done on a very short timeline. In each episode of the series, viewers will follow an individual or family as they embark on building their dream pre-fab home. Prefabulous is produced by Vox Entertainment

Sheffield Real Estate follows DeLeon Sheffield and her family as she manages her fast-growing real estate business in the Tampa Bay area of Florida, all while raising three rowdy young boys. Armed with the support of her husband, baseball legend Gary Sheffield, DeLeon helps upscale clients find their dream home. Her outspoken business partner and mother Debbie, lives with the family and helps rein in her grandsons when she’s not too busy reining in real estate deals. Pink Sneakers Productions produces Sheffield Real Estate.

Virtually Renovated - In this new series, the first of its kind, homeowners will collaborate with an expert team of high-end designers to renovate their home, with one major difference; the designers will present all of their designs in state-of-the-art virtual reality. Using the latest in Samsung VR technology, the homeowners will walk through the designs, choosing the one they feel is best. Along the way, viewers can follow along with their own VR goggles, experiencing the design process and the renovation as if they were right there. Will the final reveal be everything the homeowners dreamed, or will they be disappointed once the virtual becomes reality? Virtually Renovated is produced by INvelop Entertainment

In Hunting Abroad, viewers will follow along as a family or a couple prepare to make the ultimate move. With the help of an international real estate expert, they will visit a stunning international city, and tour three breathtaking and unique properties. The potential homeowners will dive deep into what it’s like to live there – speaking with current residents and experiencing neighborhoods first hand. From a beachfront neighborhood teeming with bohemian shops and vegetarian cuisine to a quiet cottage with the best coffee in town, each prospective homeowner will talk the talk and walk the walk with the locals to figure out which neighborhood best fits their lifestyle. Ultimately, they’ll make their decision, choosing the perfect home, and lifestyle, for them. Hunting Abroadis produced by The Cartel.

Returning seasons of shows include Tiny House Nation, Food Porn, Zombie House Flipping, My Floating Home and Tiny House Hunting.


Invelop ups Greco to reality, docs role

March 8, 2017 12:00AM
c21 Media - Written by Nico Franks

US-based Invelop Entertainment has promoted one of its executives to oversee development of unscripted reality, documentary and digital projects.

Garret Greco has been upped from director to VP of development at the firm, which last month announced a development and production deal with soccer star Hope Solo.

The first project to come out of the deal, The Cutting Edge, is set to be released later this year.

Greco previously worked in both production and talent representation and began producing reality television at 3 Ball Entertainment.

While there, he was part of a development team that produced series such as Bar Rescue (Spike), Extreme Makeover: Weight loss Edition (ABC), Catch A Contractor (Spike) and My Cat From Hell (Animal Planet).

LA-based Invelop was founded in 2016 by veteran television producer Brant Pinvidic, former president of Eyeworks USA.

It has a multi-year production agreement with STX Entertainment and more than 12 projects in development with various cable and broadcast networks.


Greco elevated to VP of development at INvelop

March 8, 2017 12:00AM
Realscreen.com - Written by Selina Chignall

Garret Greco has been elevated to vice-president of development at INvelop Entertainment from his previous role as director of development.

In his new position, Greco will oversee the development of unscripted reality, documentary and digital projects for INvelop, an L.A.-based TV prodco.

Greco brings over seven years of entertainment experience to the INvelop team. Having previously worked in both production and talent representation, he began producing reality television at 3 Ball Entertainment.

While there, he was part of the  development team that produced Bar Rescue (Spike), Extreme Makeover: Weight loss Edition (ABC), Catch A Contractor (Spike), My Cat From Hell (Animal Planet), LA Hair (WEtv) amongst other projects in development for a variety of cable and broadcast networks.

“It’s an honor to be entrusted with the responsibilities of this position, ” said Greco, in a statement. “I look forward to continue working with our extremely talented development team to create and produce engaging content for television and other multimedia platforms.”

INdevelop Entertainment was founded in 2016 by veteran television producer Brant Pinvidic. The prodco entered into a multi-year producing agreement with STX Entertainment. STX and INvelop will copro all projects under the current deal and have more than a dozen projects in development with various cable and broadcast networks.


Hope Solo TV Interview and new deal with INvelop

February 16, 2017 8:00AM
Fansided - Written by Steve Fowler

Hope Solo was recently interviewed on Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports”. Then last week she signed a television deal with INvelop Entertainment.

On February 2017, Norah O’Donnell sat down with Hope Solo on Showtime’s “60 Minutes Sports”. Here are some of the standout comments from the interview from around the web:

On shoulder surgery from Stars and Stripes FC:

Solo also discussed her shoulder replacement surgery, describing the titanium rod they inserted in her shoulder that extends down to her elbow, and saying she expects to be back to performing at a high level “within the next year.”

On Jill Ellis from Sounder at Heart website:

60 Minutes Sports didn’t air the direct quote from Solo, but instead quoted her in a voice over by Norah O’Donnell, who conducted the interview, calling USWNT Head Coach Jill Ellis “a bad leader and poor tactician”.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) comments as quoted in the video below:

“…. we are ready for this battle, do what it takes. This is for women across the world, and this is much bigger cause than just playing soccer. We are all on the right side of history. People with power just don’t give it up. You have to take it, and you have to fight for it.”

TV Development Deal

Announced on February 8, 2017, Solo signed a production and development television deal with INvelop Entertainment. Here is a look at the press release, from The Comeback‘s site.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist and World Cup champion Hope Solo announced today a production and development agreement with Brant Pinvidic’s INvelop Entertainment to develop and produce compelling and original unscripted content.

Under the new deal, Hope and her manager Tiffany Shine will serve as Executive Producers together with INvelop Entertainment. The first project under the partnership will be a new season of the sports medical series, “The Cutting Edge,” with Solo attached to host.

The series follows athletes through a fascinating journey examining the risks of common sports injuries, the treatment and rehabilitation methods, and the most current research available. Solo was featured in the first season which aired on FOX Sports 1. “I am very excited for the opportunity to work with Brant and INvelop Entertainment,” said Solo. “He is an industry leader that shares my passion for unique story-telling and together we look forward to delivering content that will resonate with not just sports fans but all viewers.”

Thoughts:

  • We will not see Hope Solo play soccer in 2017. However, will we see her in 2018 after she recovers from her shoulder surgery? She has indicated that she would like to compete in the 2019 World Cup at age 38. She feels that she will still be physically fit and deserves a chance. Unfortunately for Solo, with the strained relationship with the U.S. Soccer Federation, it is highly unlikely that she will receive an invitation.
  • In the meantime, fans only chance to check out Hope Solo will be on her show “The Cutting Edge”, coming from INvelop Entertainment.

Here is at the promo video running for Hope’s appearance on the show.

Only time will tell what will happen from this point on with Hope Solo’s playing career, her new deal with INvelop Entertainment, and the Collective Bargaining Agreement.