TWI topper ankles for own reality shingle

TWI U.S. topper Bob Horowitz is ankling the IMG-based TV operation to set up the reality production shingle Juma Entertainment.

Company, most recently behind Bravo’s model competish “Manhunt,” will specialize in reality series and entertainment specials while maintaining close ties to IMG, with which it is already partnering on several skeins.

Among them are Bravo’s upcoming six-episode skein “Battle of the Network Reality Stars,” cabler’s “All Star Reality Reunion,” a two-hour spec for CBS and a reality business format for CNBC.

Horowitz said it was a tough decision to leave, but “I saw a funding opportunity and wanted the challenge to grow a new production entity which could have a major focus in development and production.”

Producer said he’ll spend his next few months at Juma, based in Burbank, finding a couple of key execs who will head up the shingle’s development. Though the company will focus on reality, a couple of scripted series are on deck, including “Club Fed.” Also on slate are “Newlywed Feud,” “The Date Doctor,” “Risky Family Business” and “The Dancer.”

With development as his chief priority, Horowitz said, “We are moving quickly to secure relationships with the industry’s up-and-coming creative talent. These individuals will work to advance our development slate while also having the financial and administrative infrastructure to fast-track their own projects with an equity participation.”

During his eight years at TWI, Horowitz oversaw skeins including NBC’s “Race to the Altar” and ESPN’s “I’d Do Anything” and “Battle of the Gridiron Stars.” TWI also produces the annual Peacock spec “Christmas Lighting at Rockefeller Center.”

He packaged magazine titles with primetime TV, working with clients including Conde Nast, Sports Illustrated and Dennis Publishing.

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