×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Lucky 8 TV Sets Overall Deal With Jason Bolicki, Hires Jessica Winchell Morsa as VP (EXCLUSIVE)

Jason Bolicki, the veteran unscripted TV executive who recently launched production banner Exit Four, has signed an overall deal with his former employer Lucky 8 TV, Variety has learned exclusively.

Under the deal, Bolicki will develop and produce original content through Exit Four, with several projects already in development. During his tenure as vice president of development at Lucky 8, Bolicki oversaw and helped build the company’s slate of unscripted and non-fiction projects, which now encompasses more than 20 series for over a dozen major networks, including A&E’s award-winning “60 Days In,” new ID series “The Real Story with María Elena Salinas” and OWN’s upcoming “Released.” Before joining Lucky 8, Bolicki developed and executive produced more than a dozen series and specials, including TLC’s “My Strange Addiction” and DIY’s “Made in Milwaukee.”

Concurrently, Lucky 8 has hired Jessica Winchell Morsa, who joins the company from MSNBC as vice president of content development. She will report to executive vice president of creative strategy Bruce Robertson, who will also oversee Bolicki’s overall deal.

Morsa brings more than 15 years of experience developing unscripted and non-fiction. She was previously executive producer of originals at MSNBC, overseeing development and production of documentary and non-fiction series for the network, with titles including “Story of Cool,” “Split Second Decision” and “Saved.” She also served as executive producer of originals at The Weather Channel, including “Tornado Alley” and the Lucky 8-produced “3 Scientists Walk Into a Bar.” Her other credits include Animal Planet’s “North Woods Law” and Bravo’s “Untying the Knot.”

“Jason’s talents as both a producer and developer are the reason we brought him on to lead development at Lucky 8 when we launched the company,” said Lucky 8 co-presidents Greg Henry and Kim Woodard. “He’s been instrumental in creating a robust and diverse programming slate that we’re all extremely proud of, and we support him 100% in launching his new shingle Exit Four, which allows us to continue to be in business with him and work closely as he returns to his roots as a producer. We’re also excited about the direction and expertise Jessica will bring to her new role, given her vast experience creating and developing content on both the network and production sides.”

More TV

  • Chuck Lorre, Scott Stuber to Keynote

    Chuck Lorre, Scott Stuber to Keynote Variety Innovate Summit

    “The Big Bang Theory” co-creator and TV producer Chuck Lorre and the head of Netflix Films Scott Stuber will keynote Variety’s Innovate Summit presented by PwC on Dec. 5 in Los Angeles. Lorre will share the career experiences that lead to his co-creating and executive producing “The Big Bang Theory,” “Young Sheldon” and “Mom.” Lorre’s extensive [...]

  • Devesh Raj Replacing Carsten Schmidt as

    Devesh Raj Replacing Carsten Schmidt as Sky Deutschland CEO

    Devesh Raj will take the helm at Comcast-owned Sky Deutschland, replacing Carsten Schmidt, who has stepped down and will leave at year-end. Devesh joined Sky as COO last summer after Comcast took over the European pay-TV giant. Prior to Sky he was at Comcast in the U.S. for five years in a strategy role. Schmidt [...]

  • Cardi B

    Pepsi Enlists Cardi B for Its Own Version of Holiday Gift Giving

    Pepsi is known for its Super Bowl half time show and celebrity-laden commercials. Now it wants to burnish a reputation for holiday cheer. The soda-maker will help consumers give cash gifts to friend and family members through a digital scratch-off game that can be sparked via QR codes found across 12 packs of Pepsi, Diet [...]

  • Elizabeth Warren, Pete Buttigieg. Democratic presidential

    CNN Will Simulcast PBS Democratic Debate in December

    CNN said it will simulcast the Democratic debate slated to take place in December that is being hosted by PBS NewsHour and Politico, a move that will likely bring more attention and audience to the event. PBS plans to broadcast the debate December 19 from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. At this point in [...]

  • Peppa Pig

    U.K. Competition Watchdog to Examine Hasbro's $4 Billion Deal for Entertainment One

    Britain’s competition watchdog will investigate Hasbro’s $4 billion takeover of Entertainment One. The Competition and Markets Authority said Thursday that it would examine whether the intended acquisition of eOne would result in a “substantial lessening of competition” under U.K. rules. The CMA was deeply involved in scrutinizing the sale of Sky, which was ultimately bought [...]

  • Democratic presidential candidate South Bend, Ind.,

    MSNBC and Washington Post Air Strong, Substantial Democratic Debate (Column)

    The Democratic party primary debate in Atlanta ran long (by about 20 minutes) and had a crowded stage of 10 candidates — and yet, relatively speaking, flew by efficiently. After a passel of debates that had been wildly oversubscribed and caught fire more for personality conflict than policy difference, the MSNBC and Washington Post debate [...]

  • Subhash Chandra Chairman of the Zee

    Another 16% Slice of India’s Zee to be Sold by Essel

    The Essel Group is to sell a further 16.5% stake in Zee Entertainment Enterprise Limited, India’s largest private sector broadcast group. The debt-reduction move comes just months after Essel auctioned off an 11% tranche of ZEEL. “The Group seeks to sell up to 16.5% stake in ZEEL to financial investors, in order to repay loan [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content