MY Entertainment Inks Raft of Development Deals

MY Entertainment, founded by creative leader Michael Yudin, is ringing in its 15th anniversary by inking a slate of development deals with a roster of all-star talent.

The company, which recently had Zak Bagans, Aaron Goodwin, Billy Tolley and Jay Wasley returning for the 16th season of Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures, has signed a slew of new agreements. Yudin has confirmed development deals for Edd China (Velocity’s Wheeler Dealers), Matt Paxton (A&E’s Hoarders), Yolanda McClary (TNT’s Cold Justice), Matt Moneymaker (Animal Planet’s Finding Bigfoot) and Ami James (TLC’s Miami Ink and NY Ink). MY Entertainment has also closed a behind-the-camera executive producer and development deal with Nigel Lythgoe (FOX’s American Idoland So You Think You Can Dance).

Aside from the talent deals, MY Entertainment has closed co-production format deals with such partners at Newen Group (France), Vincent Television Productions (The Netherlands), Nordic World (Norway), The Story Lab (U.K.), Phileas Productions (Spain) and Gil Formats (Israel).

Further, MY Entertainment has completed production on Manson’s Bloodlines, a four-part commission from DRG. The program will debut internationally this summer. An American version, titled Charles Manson: The Funeral, will bow on U.S. broadcaster REELZChannel on Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m.

Yudin said: “For 15 years, MY Entertainment has been a creative leader within the independent production community, a great business partner to every network producing in the unscripted and reality space, and a fresh collaborator and developer with our on-air talent. Right now, we have development and producing deals with dozens of partners in the U.S. and worldwide, and we are increasing the output of hours in 2019 for fans worldwide to enjoy.”

“Because of the trust that our content partners have put in us to tell outstanding, emotional and thrilling stories that resonate with their audiences, MY Entertainment now has the bandwidth to strategically expand and smartly plan for more creative growth,” continued Yudin.

Joe Townley, MY Entertainment COO and executive producer, added: “MY Entertainment has continued to increase our creative and production output, build relationships with production partners worldwide and been forward-thinking in adapting to and playing in the digital-native space.”

Jon Sechrist, executive VP of production, development and strategy, said: “The new partnerships we have forged with well-established talent is 100 percent representative of the ambition we have in bringing the most diverse, entertaining and best expertise to air. Not only do these properties have built-in fanbases, they have a proven track record of season-over-season success.”