Banijay Group’s Bunin/Murray, the reality production company behind such franchises as The Real World, Project Runway and Keeping Up With The Kardashians, has signed an exclusive production deal with Stella Bulochnikov and Brian Sher’s WikkedCat Entertainment. The deal will give BMP exclusive access to WikkedCat’s unscripted series with a focus on creating celeb-reality franchises.
“Bunim/Murray has a long history of creating and producing some of the most enduring reality series and franchises, and we don’t plan on slowing down,” said Gil Goldschein, Chairman and CEO of Bunim/Murray Productions. “Stella and Brian are masters of working with talent, and as we talked about the shows we all want to make, it became clear that there was a huge opportunity to partner, especially with their amazing access and our shared celeb-reality expertise.”
Bulochnikov and Sher’s WikkedCat is developing unscripted reality projects and specials with talent including Mariah Carey, Lil Wayne, Mel B and Gary Owen. The company’s hit seriesT.I. And Tiny: The Family Hustle is in its fifth season on VH1 and its spinoff Tiny & Shekinah’s Weave Trip recently aired. They are shooting Season 2 of docuseries Christina Milian Turned Up for E!, and their new series Master P’s Family Empire premiere in November on Reelz. The duo also has executive produced MTV’s Road To Redemption and E!’s Nicki Minaj’s My Truth. In addition, the company has an overall deal with Kelsey Grammer and Lionsgate for scripted series, where they executive produced Boss for Starz.
“We are honored to be partnering with Bunim/Murray Productions, a company that pioneered reality television, to continue to create talent-focused unscripted content that connects with viewers, while also having a lot of fun in the process,” said Bulochnikov.
Through her Ish Entertainment, Bulochnikov created and launched Paris Hilton’s My New BFF — which was formatted in the UK and UAE — T.I.’ s Road To Redemption; 50 Cent: The Money And The Power; and DJ AM’s Gone Too Far, all for MTV; VH1’s My Antonio with Antonio Sabato Jr.; and a CMT Christmas special starring Larry the Cable Guy, among others. Prior to Ish, Bulochnikov served as SVP Celebrity Talent/Original Programming at VH1.
Sher launched management/production Category 5 Entertainment, where he continues to rep talent for film, TV and music. In the reality space, Sher currently executive produces Oxygen’s Sisterhood Of Hip Hop and also executive produced BET’s Michael Vick Project.