Mother Media Group, the company launched recently by Eden Gaha, former head of unscripted at Endemol Shine North America, and Wynn Rees, former attorney for 20th Century Fox, has signed a first-
look deal with STXtv, the television division of STX Entertainment. Under the pact, Mother Media Group will collaborate with STXtv to create, produce and distribute unscripted and hybrid series for broadcast networks, new media and cable in the U.S., China, India and other international markets.
Mother Media Group is currently co-producer on Amazon Prime Video’s upcoming series, All or Nothing: New Zealand All Blacks, about New Zealand’s national rugby union team, and is working with Universal Television Alternative Studio on NBC’s upcoming sci-tech series The Awesome Show, hosted by Chris Hardwick and executive produced by Hardwick, Mark Burnett and Alex Murray..
“We are delighted to be working together with STX and to have the opportunity to create fresh and exciting television programming for both U.S. and global audiences,” said Gaha. “STX has a global vision and progressive approach to the production, marketing and distribution of talent-driven content, which aligns well with Mother Media Group’s objectives.”
During his tenure at Endemol Shine, Gaha, who left the company last year, executive produced many of the company’s top unscripted series, including MasterChef and MasterChef Junior (Fox), The Biggest Loser (NBC), Restaurant Startup and Billion Dollar Buyer (CNBC), and Hunted (CBS). Before that, he worked at Mark Burnett Productions, serving as producer on Celebrity Apprentice, The Contender, Pirate Master, Rock Star, and the long-running CBS series Survivor, for which he was nominated for two Primetime Emmy awards.
“Eden is a veteran in the unscripted space, with a proven track record of producing compelling programs both in the U.S. and internationally,” said Jason Goldberg, STX’s Chief Creative Officer, Unscripted & Alternative Programming. “We’re thrilled to enter this partnership and leverage our collective strengths to create quality original programming with an eye towards productions that have the potential to travel across the globe.”
Rees, who is COO of Mother Media Group, was an attorney at global law firm Baker McKenzie in Sydney and London and then Twentieth Century Fox in Los Angeles, serving as VP in the Content Protection Group, before partnering with Gaha to launch their new venture.
STXtv currently has several projects in development or on the air, including Valley of the Boom (National Geographic), The Platinum Life (E!), a Bad Moms inspired unscripted series at Fox, and an additional 15+ active projects in different phases of production with third-party networks.
Mother Media Group is repped by WME.