[10/23/13 - 11:23 AM]
ReelzChannel Signs Output Deal with Asylum Entertainment
The company will produce 50 hours of unscripted programming for the network in 2014, distributed over 10 series.

[via press release from ReelzChannel]


Asylum to Produce 50 Hours of Programming in 2014

(Albuquerque, NM) Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - ReelzChannel today announced that it has signed an output deal with Asylum Entertainment to produce 50 hours of unscripted programming for the network in 2014. The hours will be distributed over 10 series. The deal represents an extension of the network's relationship with Asylum that began in 2011 with the acquisition of The Kennedys miniseries and a subsequent development deal that has yielded a slate of Asylum-produced unscripted programming for the network including Beverly Hills Pawn, The Capones, and Hollywood Hillbillies.

"Asylum is one of the great TV production companies and, especially as an independent network, we are lucky to have such committed partners as Jonathan Koch and Steve Michaels," said Stan E. Hubbard, CEO of ReelzChannel. "REELZ's viewers, distributors and sponsors will be the beneficiaries with an immense amount of truly original programming coming to our network."

"Asylum Entertainment has been an integral part of REELZ, first with an award-winning miniseries that propelled the network to new heights and with our first unscripted docuseries, Beverly Hills Pawn, that quickly became a viewer favorite," said Steve Cheskin, SVP of Programming at REELZ.

"REELZ has proven that they are absolutely committed to presenting great original programming for their audience and distributors. We are honored to be a part of that initiative in such a significant way," said Jonathan Koch, President and Chief Creative Officer of Asylum Entertainment.

About Asylum Entertainment

Emmy Award(R) winning Asylum Entertainment was established with the idea of producing diverse projects that are both creatively distinctive and commercially rewarding. From gritty documentaries and highly original reality series to scripted television and feature films, Asylum has produced over 700 hours of television in its 11 year history. Asylum Entertainment's most notable productions, include the epic 8-part miniseries The Kennedys for which they received 10 Emmy nominations and won four. Additionally, Asylum's scripted division was recently nominated for four Emmy Awards on the television film, Ring of Fire starring Jewel. Asylum's life blood is unscripted television. Their notable unscripted projects include the 10-time Emmy nominated Beyond the Glory, ESPN's 30 For 30, The Locator, Addicted, American Gangster, Beverly Hills Pawn and many more. Additionally, Asylum Entertainment is eagerly anticipating the Spring 2014 release of its first theatrical feature film Small Time, directed and produced by 24 creator, Joel Surnow. Currently Asylum Entertainment is in production on the much anticipated feature documentary Happy Valley, which focuses on the gripping scandal that has rocked Penn State University.

About ReelzChannel - Hollywood Happens Here(TM)

ReelzChannel is an independent cable and satellite network devoted to delivering entertaining and fresh programming that explores, uncovers and lives inside the magic of Hollywood wherever it happens. The network is also home to ambitious television events, miniseries and series featuring big stories and big stars as seen with the Emmy(R)-winning The Kennedys and Ken Follett's World Without End. And, building directly on The Kennedys, JFK: The Smoking Gun promises to solve the assassination of JFK when it premieres on Sunday, November 3, 2013. REELZ is also co-developing a miniseries based on J. Randy Taraborrelli's highly acclaimed book, After Camelot: A Personal History of the Kennedy Family from 1968 to the Present, with Muse Entertainment. With movie and entertainment experts, including Leonard Maltin, Richard Roeper and Sam Rubin, viewers get trusted insight and recommendations for movies wherever they're playing, whether in theaters or at home throughout the day, every day.

ReelzChannel reaches 67 million homes on DIRECTV channel 238, Dish Network channel 299, Verizon FiOS TV channel 233, AT&T U-verse channels 799/1799HD and cable systems nationwide. Find ReelzChannel in your area by entering your zip code at www.reelz.com/watch. Owned by Hubbard Media Group, ReelzChannel is headquartered in Albuquerque, NM with national ad sales based out of New York City with offices in Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles and an entertainment bureau in Los Angeles.

  [october 2013]  


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