Under the deal, the director and unscripted producer will develop and produce alternative programming through his new shingle, Shiny Objects Entertainment banner.
The move comes as Lionsgate Television, which is known as a producer and distributor of scripted fare like ABC’s “Nashville,” WGN America’s “Manhattan” and Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black,” has made strides in unscripted content. It signed an overall with “The Hills” creator and exec producer Adam DiVello last summer and it inked one with “Fear Factor” exec producer Matt Kunitz in 2014.
“Lionsgate is home to some of the best shows on television. I’m thrilled to join forces with such a talented team of TV pros to create dynamic and original content,” said Karsh.
Karsh helped build Relativity from its inception in 2008 and is known for developing and exec producing the MTV series “Catfish: The TV Show” as well as for his work on “Policewomen” and “My Five Wives” for TLC, “My Extreme Animal Phobia” for Animal Planet, “Confronting” for OWN and “Coming Home” for Lifetime. He also received the audience award and the directing award at Sundance for the 2003 HBO documentary “My Flesh and Blood.”
“As Lionsgate TV expands its alternative programming portfolio, Jonathan fits right in with our mandate to create formats that can travel around the globe as well as identify interesting worlds to target for series,” said Jennifer O’Connell, exec VP of alternative programming, Lionsgate Television. “Jonathan is an award-winning, multi-talented producer, director and executive and we are thrilled to be able to support him as he starts his new company.”
Karsh is repped by 3Arts and attorneys at Hansen, Jacobson et al.