Bruce Nash, one of the “World’s Wildest Reality Producers Caught on Tape,” is branching out from the clip shows that have made him famous (and rich).
Projects in the works at Nash Entertainment include a sitcom that incorporates some of those shlocky reality clips, a gameshow based on the popular “Ask Jeeves” Web site and the company’s first-ever telepic.
“We’re still doing the reality stuff, but we’re certainly looking to branch out,” Nash said. “I have so many other ideas, and there’s only a certain amount you can do in reality.”
Nash’s expansion also comes at a time when edgy reality clip series have lost their favor at the webs, which are looking for more family-friendly non-scripted skeins a la “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
“The marketplace is changing,” Nash said. “It seems to me the politically correct thing to do is move away from those aggressive shows. … I think people are at least trying new things.”
The sitcom project “Outrageous,” written by Jonathan Prince (“Grown Ups,” “Ask Harriet”), is set behind the scenes at a fictitious tabloid TV show. The project, to be produced in association with ATG, would include reality clips from Nash’s library.
“It’s loosely based on what goes on behind the scenes here at Nash Entertainment,” Nash said.
“Ask Jeeves,” also produced through ATG (Nash is repped by sister management firm AMG), will be fashioned after the Web site. Based on the old “20 questions” concept, contestants will ask the Jeeves character certain questions and get a yes or no answer.
Nash is also completing work on “The Man Who Used to Be Me,” a telepic for Fox Family Channel starring William Devane and Rob Estes. The movie, about a man who travels back in time to prevent his father’s murder, is based on a concept that Nash developed 10 years ago.
Nash, who also has the feature script “Golf Guru” in development at Columbia and a baseball fantasy concept in the works, said he’s in talks with Fox Family Channel about producing another TV pic.
Also, production is done on the NBC pilot “Comedy Bytes,” which features sketches, short films and animation culled from the Internet.
Company hasn’t completely turned away from its clip-based bread-and-butter. It will produce 10 one-hour episodes of “World’s Best Kept Secrets” for TLC and is producing the special “World’s Scariest Ghosts” for ABC next Halloween.