Reality TV producer Jonathan Karsh has signed a multiyear overall deal with Lionsgate TV. Under the pact, Karsh will develop and produce alternative programming through his new Shiny Objects Entertainment banner.
“As Lionsgate TV expands its alternative programming portfolio, Jonathan fits right in with our mandate to create formats that can travel around the globe as well as identify interesting worlds to target for series,” said Jennifer O’Connell, Executive Vice President, Alternative Programming, Lionsgate Television. “Jonathan is an award-winning, multi-talented producer, director and executive and we are thrilled to be able to support him as he starts his new company.”
Karsh was previously SVP of Creative Affairs at Relativity Television where he developed and executive produced the pilot for Catfish: The TV Show, now in its fifth season at MTV, Policewomen and My Five Wives for TLC, My Extreme Animal Phobia for Animal Planet, Confronting for OWN, and Coming Home for Lifetime. In addition, Karsh won both the Audience Award and Best Director Award from the Sundance Film Festival for his HBO documentary My Flesh And Blood. He has made documentaries for AMC and MTV and prime time specials for ABC’s Extreme Makeover Home Edition; produced CBS’s Armed And Famous; and developed, produced and hosted CBS’s Kid Nation.
Karsh is repped by 3Arts and Hansen, Jacobson.