Original, Austin ink development deal

Caliber to co-create 'Stone Cold' reality series

Original Media, the shingle behind unscripted hits “Miami Ink” and “L.A. Ink,” has sealed a development pact with WWE wrestling legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin.

Under the pact, Original will partner with management/production company Caliber Media to create a reality show with Austin at the center. Producers are keeping tight wraps on the concept, which they plan to pitch to network and cable nets shortly.

“I’m a big fan of wrestling and of his,” said Original Media CEO Charlie Corwin. “He’s a dynamic personality, and I seek out characters that I feel are exciting and dramatic and entertaining. This show’s going to be big, broad, accessible, heroic and American.”

Corwin will exec produce with Caliber’s Jack Heller and Dallas Sonnier. The WWE is not involved in the deal — and Austin is not going by his wrestling-related “Stone Cold” moniker.

Austin said he’d been approached several times with TV projects over the past year, but didn’t find anything that felt right until Original and Caliber brought their idea to him.

“They came to me a couple of months ago with a vision and show concept that really got me excited,” Austin said.

Beyond the initial reality show, Original and Caliber are developing other projects, both scripted and unscripted, with Austin in mind.

Original has a first-look scripted deal with NBC Entertainment, where it’s landed a 13-episode order for the midseason series “The Philanthropist.”

More TV

  • USC Scripter Awards Finalists 2018: 'Wonder

    'Wonder Woman,' 'Lost City of Z,' 'Big Little Lies' Among USC Scripter Finalists

    Original Media, the shingle behind unscripted hits “Miami Ink” and “L.A. Ink,” has sealed a development pact with WWE wrestling legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Under the pact, Original will partner with management/production company Caliber Media to create a reality show with Austin at the center. Producers are keeping tight wraps on the concept, which […]

  • THE BACHELOR - ÒEpisode 2203Ó Ð

    TV Ratings: 'Bachelor,' 'Good Doctor' Lead Strong Night on Broadcast

    Original Media, the shingle behind unscripted hits “Miami Ink” and “L.A. Ink,” has sealed a development pact with WWE wrestling legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Under the pact, Original will partner with management/production company Caliber Media to create a reality show with Austin at the center. Producers are keeping tight wraps on the concept, which […]

  • Nicky Jam performs "El Amante" at

    NATPE Roundup: Sony Pictures TV Teams With Tegna, Telemundo Nabs Nicky Jam Series

    Original Media, the shingle behind unscripted hits “Miami Ink” and “L.A. Ink,” has sealed a development pact with WWE wrestling legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Under the pact, Original will partner with management/production company Caliber Media to create a reality show with Austin at the center. Producers are keeping tight wraps on the concept, which […]

  • Upright Citizens Brigade Marches in to

    Upright Citizens Brigade Marches in to Help Madison Avenue

    Original Media, the shingle behind unscripted hits “Miami Ink” and “L.A. Ink,” has sealed a development pact with WWE wrestling legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Under the pact, Original will partner with management/production company Caliber Media to create a reality show with Austin at the center. Producers are keeping tight wraps on the concept, which […]

  • Blade Runner 2049

    'Blade Runner 2049,' 'Game of Thrones' Lead Visual Effects Society Nominations

    Original Media, the shingle behind unscripted hits “Miami Ink” and “L.A. Ink,” has sealed a development pact with WWE wrestling legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Under the pact, Original will partner with management/production company Caliber Media to create a reality show with Austin at the center. Producers are keeping tight wraps on the concept, which […]

  • History Sets Global Soccer Extravaganza Ahead

    History Channel Sets Global Soccer Programming Extravaganza in Run-Up to World Cup (EXCLUSIVE)

    Original Media, the shingle behind unscripted hits “Miami Ink” and “L.A. Ink,” has sealed a development pact with WWE wrestling legend “Stone Cold” Steve Austin. Under the pact, Original will partner with management/production company Caliber Media to create a reality show with Austin at the center. Producers are keeping tight wraps on the concept, which […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content