Thom Beers’ Original Prods. is taking another stab at the scripted world, hiring Justin Killion as the shingle’s VP of development.
Killion will handle reality programming at Original, but has also been tasked with expanding the company’s scripted offerings. Original’s interest in expanding comes following FremantleMedia’s recent move to take a 75% stake in the company.
Known for its testosterone-fueled hits such as “The Deadliest Catch,” “Ice Road Truckers,” “Ax Men” and “Monster Garage,” Original just completed production on the TV movie “Deadliest Sea” — a scripted project based on “Catch.”
Next up, Original is behind the A&E project “NY’s Finest,” from scribe Charles Murray, who’s exec producing with Beers and Original prexy Philip Segal.
Beers and Segal are also pitching the project “Deadhouse,” from writer Karyn Usher. And on the feature front, Original is developing “Chopper Zombie,” a film written by Todd Livingston.
Killion joins Original from Kaplan/Perrone, where he spent three years as a lit talent manager. He’ll work with Segal as Original looks to adapt its signature series into scripted TV and movie fare.
“We’ve always been about high-risk and high-reward storytelling, and now it’s time to tell those stories in scripted versions,” Segal said.
Before Kaplan/Perrone, Killion began his career at Endeavor, where he worked in the alternative department.