Continuing its expansion in the unscripted arena, Lionsgate TV has signed reality producers David Shumsky and Mark Harris to an overall deal. Under the pact, the duo will create new, original programming and formats for the alternative group through their Ohana Pictures banner.
Under the agreement, Lionsgate will have exclusive rights to unscripted TV produced by Ohana Pictures, as well as first-call on any scripted development. Set to premiere in 2016 on Fox, Kicking & Screaming is the first series order under this deal. This new, eight-episode competition series was co-created with Matt Kunitz, who is also under an overall deal with Lionsgate TV.
“Mark and David are spectacular producers, and come to us with a range of bold, fresh concepts to develop and fertile worlds to build,” said Jennifer O’Connell, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Lionsgate Television, “We are delighted to have this creative duo at Lionsgate Television in an exclusive role, and look to them to help the studio accelerate its momentum and expand further in the unscripted arena.”
Previously, Shumsky was VP of Development for executive producer Matt Kunitz at FremantleMedia North America. A graduate of the USC School of Law, Shumsky has had producing roles on shows including Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC and Last Comic Standing on NBC.
Prior to partnering with Shumsky in the Ohana Pictures shingle, Harris functioned in various capacities in the film world and has had his work screened at more than 50 film festivals worldwide, including the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival, and SXSW. He is an ABC Writing Fellowship Program finalist, a Sundance Screenwriters Lab Competition finalist, a quarterfinalist in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Science’s annual Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, and an MFA recipient from USC’s Film and TV Production Program.
Harris and Shumsky are repped by WME.