Exec producer seals overall deal
Alternative-series giant Endemol USA has sealed an overall deal with former “Survivor” executive producer Tom Shelly.
As part of the pact, Shelly has joined Endemol’s upcoming ABC reality series “Dating in the Dark” as an exec producer. Shelly will also start developing format ideas for the shingle.
Endemol North America chairman David Goldberg announced the deal, the latest in a series of pacts the company has recently sealed, including ones with Matt Kunitz (“Wipeout”), Anthony Dominici (“America’s Next Top Model”) and Charlie Walk.
Shelly’s credits include exec producing NBC’s “The Baby Borrowers.” He spent nine years at Mark Burnett Prods. as one of the original producers of “Survivor.”
“Dating in the Dark,” which Endemol is producing with Talpa Content USA, centers on contestants who go out on dates — but in a pitch-black environment, so they don’t actually get to see each other until the end. Show bows Monday, July 20, at 10 p.m.
Endemol skeins also include CBS’ “Big Brother” and “The Whole 19 Yards,” as well as ABC’s “Wipeout” and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”