EXCLUSIVE: With Blumhouse Productions, the company of hot genre feature producer Jason Blum, ramping up its TV portfolio, it has brought in Jessica Rhoades as head of television. Blumhouse has been building a TV business since entering the space with the ABC horror drama series The River. For the past two years, Blumhouse’s TV efforts have been guided by veteran producer/TV executive Gerard Bocaccio, who joined the company in February 2012 as a consultant overseeing TV development and has helped put together some 20 scripted and unscripted projects set up at network and studios. Rhoades and Bocaccio will now work together to continue building out the slate.
Rhoades was previously a partner with Ashley Tisdale at Blondie Girl Prods. in their deal with Relativity Television. She executive produces ABC Family’s newly picked up comedy series Young & Hungry starring Emily Osment. Her credits also include Inner Circle, Cloud 9, Under Construction and Miss Advised. She has both scripted and unscripted background as well as multi-platform experience.
Blumhouse, best known for producing micro-budget genre movies for wide-release, like Paranormal Activity, Insidious, The Purge and Sinister franchises, has a first look deal for television and film projects with Matt Kaplan’s Chapter One. Blum serves as executive producer on the Ryan Murphy-directed adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play The Normal Heart for HBO and on the MTV drama pilot Eye Candy starring Victoria Justice and directed by Catherine Hardwicke. Blumhouse Television also is preparing Sojourn, about the first detective in space, which is eying a six-episode order at Syfy. On the scripted side, the company produced Stranded for Syfy and is prepping pilot presentations for ABC, VH1 and Sundance.