Gary AuerbachThe Jackal Group has inked a first-look agreement with producer Gary Auerbach, who at MTV helped launch such staple series as Laguna Beach and Punk’d. Under terms of the deal with Gail Berman’s indie outfit, Auerbach will focus on scripted and non-scripted programming. “Gary has consistently produced memorable and influential television series that redefine audience expectations and we are looking forward to collaborating with him on a new wave of programming,” said Berman.

Auerbach most recently served as EVP of NBCUniversal’s Wilshire Studios and before that co-founded Go Go Luckey Entertainment, which was behind Laguna Beach and other series including Brad Meltzer’s Decoded and Paranormal State. As an independent exec producer he oversaw Punk’d at MTV among others and also hired then-little-known comedian Jon Stewart to host that network’s sketch comedy show You Wrote It You Watch It.