Michael Yudin, head of his own MY Entertainment Co. and managing director of Carat Entertainment, has landed an eight-episode order from Travel Channel for spooky reality series “Extreme Ghost Adventures” and a commission from Hallmark Channel for a two-hour made-for starring Gail O’Grady.
The New York-based MY is completing its third season of sports-themed reality series “Pros vs. Joes” for Spike TV and beginning its second season of “Stolichnaya Presents Be Real: Stories From Queer America” for the MTV-owned Logo network.
To create a production presence in Los Angeles, Yudin said MY has engineered a joint venture with Laurie D. Muslow, who helped to develop “The Surreal Life” for the WB and VH1.
The first Yudin-Muslow project is “Incarceration Cafe,” a reality competition in which convicts about to be released from prison are given a chance to show off their culinary skills. The winner gets a job at Tommy Ray’s, a San Fernando Valleyrestaurant whose head chef is Tony Romano, a former prisoner who turned his life around through his cooking expertise.
Yudin has also signed talent-development deals for possible reality series with Bob Sapp and Justin Bua. Sapp, a former pro football player known as the Beast, is a six-foot-eight, 400-lb. mixed-martial-arts performer who’s a big star in Japan. Bua is an L.A.-based graphic artist whose posters sell all over the world.
“Extreme Ghost Adventures,” which premieres on Travel Channel in October, started as a one-shot special on the Sci Fi Channel. Armed with nothing more than nightvision cameras and digital recorders, the three adventurers — Zak Bagans, Nick Groff and Aaron Goodwin — take off in search of evil spirits.
Yudin’s Hallmark movie, “Living Out Loud,” concerns a music teacher, played by O’Grady, who bonds with her husband and two children after learning she has breast cancer. The exec producers are Yudin, Jack Grossbart, and, for Blueprint Entertainment, John Morayniss, Noreen Halpern and Ira Pincus. Yudin has signed Fox Intl. to handle distribution of the movie outside the U.S. and Canada.