Weinstein Co, AMI, Jupiter form content development JV_22.12.2015


Michelle Clancy

| 22 December 2015

The Weinstein Company (TWC), American Media Inc (AMI) and Jupiter Entertainment have joined forces on content production with a new joint venture.

The three will collaborate on the development, creation, production and distribution of original television, film and digital initiatives based on AMI's diverse and renowned portfolio of brands.

"There is an enormous, untapped opportunity at AMI to develop unique and engaging programming," said TWC co-chairman Harvey Weinstein. The group aims to focus initially on unscripted programming, with a forthcoming reality project set to be announced soon.

"This is an exciting step in the continued evolution of American Media Inc as we further establish ourselves as a next-generation multi-media company," added AMI chairman, president and CEO David Pecker. "Partnering with the incredible teams at the Weinstein Company and Jupiter Entertainment underscores the trust and influence of our investigative reporting on Hollywood, celebrity, true crime and America's unsolved mysteries. We are delighted to bring decades of AMI storytelling to life with innovative, fresh new programming."

The joint venture was hatched by Patrick Reardon, EVP of TWC's television department, Dylan Howard, AMI's VP and chief content officer, and Stephen Land, CEO of Jupiter Entertainment. The trio will head the venture, with Land and Howard steering development and production, and Reardon overseeing global distribution.

"Producers have long relied on the investigative reporting from our magazines as source material to create non-fiction television," said Howard. "This innovative partnership will directly leverage the world-class reporting of our titles, editors and journalists to create the most authoritative programming in the category."