Veteran TV producer Betsy Schechter has launched Storyville Entertainment, a full-service New York-based production company that will create content for TV, film, branded and multimedia outlets. Schechter, whose credits include producing A&E’s Paranormal State and the syndie dating show Shipmates, will serve as president of the new shingle, which already is in production on a music-based documentary series for MTV International and in development on nonscripted and scripted projects for A&E, TNT, H2, MTV International, Animal Planet and National Geographic. It also is collaborating on a scripted series with Paranormal Activity producer Jason Blum. Caroline Christopher, formerly director of development for National Geographic Television and among those who helped launch Peacock Productions, has been hired as VP Development and Production. She will oversee Storyville’s development team, creating nonfiction series, specials and branded content. “Storyville serves as a hub for creativity regardless of the genre and platform, everything from non-fiction to scripted to digital to reality,” said Schechter. “What matters most and what will define our projects is that at the core are solid characters and great storytelling with a distinct point of view.”
Schechter has produced across all genres, including documentaries Touched By Elvis and the ABC After School Special Miracle At Trapper Creek (ABC), nominated for Daytime Emmy. She most recently served as co-president of Picture Shack Entertainment, where she executive produced series including Abandoned (National Geographic), Staten Island Law (OWN), Most Likely To… (Discovery ID), Psychic Kids: Children Of The Paranormal (A&E), Saved (Animal Planet), The Haunted (Animal Planet) and scripted series Warren The Ape (MTV). She also helped launch a successful Match.com national commercial campaigns and developed and produced online branded content for global brands like Jeep, Klondike, The Gap and Don Julio.