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.

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.”


  • 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.

Soccer Star Hope Solo Inks TV Development Deal

February 9, 2017 6:00AM
The Hollywood Reporter - Written by Lesley Goldberg

AP Images - Hope Solo

Under the pact, the World Cup champ will host an unscripted show called 'The Cutting Edge.'

Hope Solo is going from the soccer field to the TV development world.

The World Cup champion has signed a deal to develop unscripted programming with Invelop Entertainment, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Under the pact, Solo and her manager/producing partner, will develop and proceed new unscripted programming. As part of the deal, Invelop and Solo will team for sports medicine series The Cutting Edge. Solo will host the Fox Sports One series after appearing in season one.

Invelop, overseen by Brant Pinvidic, is in a multiyear production deal with STX Entertainment and its unscripted television division.

“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 storytelling, and together we look forward to delivering content that will resonate with not just sports fans but all viewers.”

Netflix goes off script

February 8, 2017 12:00AM

TALKING SHOP: With Netflix planning 30 unscripted originals this year, C21 news and factual editor Clive Whittingham investigates what this means for the industry.

Having previously announced series including Our Planet and Ultimate Beastmaster and created waves with Making a Murderer, the streaming giant is making a concerted push into factual programming in 2017, while Amazon has The Grand Tour.

This Talking Shop explores the opportunities for producers, what the content will look like and who will be under threat as SVoD players step up their game.

Featuring in this episode: Tom Brisley, joint creative director, Arrow Media; Thomas Viner, creative director, Pioneer Productions; Brant Pinvidic, CEO, Invelop Entertainment; Jonathan Hewes, CEO, Mentorn Media; and Jago Lee and Vanessa Case, creative director and executive VP of content respectively, Blue Ant Media.