This article was updated on Dec. 15 at 5:15 p.m.
NEW YORK — New York-based reality producer Red Dog Entertainment has opened an office in Los Angeles and clinched deals with Vin Di Bona Prods. and Maxim magazine’s Moving Pictures DPI division.
Di Bona (“America’s Funniest Home Videos”) and Michael Schlossman, president and executive producer of Red Dog, are working on a feature adaptation of David Morris’ nonfiction book “Storm Over the Horizon,” about a Marine who was captured by Saddam Hussein’s army during the Gulf War in 1991 and died in an Iraqi prison.
For Moving Pictures DPI, Schlossman is pitching the broadcast networks on “Emergency Rescue,” a proposed primetime reality series that would follow the exploits of Air Force Special Operations forces who lead full civilian lives but can be called in for everything from duty in Iraq to rescuing plane-crash survivors trapped in the Alaskan wilderness.
Schlossman said “Emergency Rescue” would focus on both the civilian lives of these men and women and the life-and-death situations they encounter when the government calls them back into active service.
Red Dog is working on four greenlit programs: “Body of Evidence,” a 60-minute workout show for Discovery’s Fit TV hosted by nutrition/fitness expert Gina Lombardi; “Vanished,” four reality hours for Discover Channel that follow two retired NYPD detectives as they search for missing children; “MegaCarrier,” a two-hour special for TLC tracking the builders of a technologically advanced aircraft carrier that won’t be completed until 2009; and “Wrong Man,” three 60-minute investigations of reopened cases by the same two retired detectives from “Vanished.”
Before he established Red Dog Entertainment, Schlossman, a lawyer, was VP and executive producer of Image Group Entertainment.