It’s splitsville for Stone Stanley Entertainment.
Reality warhorses Scott Stone and David Stanley are amicably dissolving their 14-year partnership in the wake of Stanley’s decision to ankle the company.
Shingle behind the “Joe Schmo” and “Mole” franchises will continue, however, with Stone assuming full control of the indie studio.
A press releasing announcing the split hinted Stanley is headed back to his “studio roots.”
Given Stanley’s association with numerous Warner Bros. execs, a move to WB’s Telepictures would be logical. Stanley declined to speculate about his next move, other than to say he plans to stay in programming.
Stanley said he made the decision to leave independent of any other career possibilities.
“It wasn’t one thing, it was one day,” Stanley told Daily Variety during a joint interview with Stone. “I had this feeling I hadn’t had in over 14 years. I looked at myself and said, ‘It’s time to go.’ … There wasn’t a huge job offer and no one approached me. I really did make a decision that it was time to leave.”
Stone said he understood Stanley’s decision.
“We’ve spent 14 years together, not just at the same company but in the same room,” Stone said, noting he and his ex-partner shared an office. “I’ve spent more time with David than my family. It’s been like 40 marriage years.”
Stone said that while he is “going to miss my confidant,” little will change about the company. The top exec structure remains the same, with production on current and in-development skeins on track.
A name change seems likely, though Stone has no immediate plans to recruit a new partner. “The people we have in the company now are enough to keep the ball rolling,” he said.
Programs on the current Stone Stanley roster include the upcoming “America’s Ugliest…” specials for TLC, Spike’s “Oblivious” and “Shop ’til You Drop” for Pax TV. Company produces “Joe Schmo 2” for Spike in association with creators Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese.
No more ‘Man’
Company is preparing to bid goodbye to Comedy Central’s “The Man Show,” while the fate of the “Mole” franchise remains in flux. Insiders said that series could make yet another comeback.
Stone Stanley made its mark on the cable world with skeins such as MTV’s “Loveline,” ESPN’s “Burnt Toast,” “Bobcat’s Big Ass Show” for FX and the Nick kiddie quizzer “Legend of the Hidden Temple.”
Duo also produced the WB’s “Popstars,” a precursor to Fox’s “American Idol.”
Stanley said his 14 years with Stone have been “the most amazing roller coaster ride I could have imagined” and offered a one-word answer when asked to describe his proudest achievement: “Surviving.”