Karla Hidalgo and Christopher Martin, the veteran VH1 producers who developed or supervised some of the channel’s signature titles including Pop-Up Video and Behind The Music, have launched a new production company called TV Dinner Productions. Programs for Lifetime and History are in place, as well as a production deal with VH1.
TV Dinner will concentrate on the creation, development and production of nonscripted programs for broadcast, cable and online networks. First up for the new shingle is Lifetime special The Sexiest Man Alive, a tie-in with People magazine’s 2015 hunk edition. Hosted by Bellamy Young of ABC’s Scandal, the program debuts at 9 PM Wednesday, November 18.
Quick on the heels of Sexiest Man is Christmas Through the Decades, TV Dinner’s four-episode series of holiday-themed docu programs for A&E’s History. It premieres November 25 with The ’60s.
TV Dinner also has a deal with VH1 to produce a new series set for the spring. The project will reunite the channel with Hidalgo, who developed and produced VH1’s multi-season series I Love The ’70s (and ’80s, ’90s and ’00s). She oversaw production on Pop-Up Video and Best Week Ever and most recently was VP East Coast Development and Production for VH1 East Coast.
Martin supervised production of VH1’s Behind the Music, Best Week Ever and The Jenny McCarthy Show, produced celebrity documentaries and has written, produced and directed for ABC, A&E and History, among other channels.