David Stanley is setting up shop at Telepictures Prods.
As expected, Stanley is returning to his studio roots with an untitled production banner that will produce programming for network and cable outlets, as well as syndication (Daily Variety, July 6). Move to ink an overall deal with Telepictures follows Stanley’s decision to amicably end his 14-year partnership with Scott Stone, leaving Stone alone to run the company.
Before forming Stone Stanley, Stanley was exec VP of business affairs for Lorimar Television, which ultimately became part of the Warner Bros./Telepictures empire.
“I wanted to find a place where I could just focus on making television,” Stanley said. “Here’s an independent production company with the strength of a major studio, its own distribution and a network affiliation, run by old friends of mine.”
Telepictures Prods. exec VP and general manager Hilary Estey McLoughlin said that Stanley would give Telepictures access to one of the unscripted world’s top producers. “When you look at the list of truly talented and proven reality producers, it is a short list,” she said.
During his tenure at Stone Stanley, Stanley exec produced skeins such as “The Mole” franchise, “Joe Schmo,” “The Man Show,” “Popstars” and “Loveline.”
Telepictures is Warner Bros.’ reality production arm and produces skeins such as “Ellen,” the upcoming Larry Elder yakfest, “Steve Harvey’s Big Time” and “Gilligan’s Island.” Via its overall deal with Mike Fleiss’ Next Entertainment, Telepictures produces “The Bachelor” franchise, “High School Reunion” and “Big Man on Campus.”