Paramount Network and Time Inc. Productions are collaborating to create TV programming in a multi-project deal announced today. Two non-scripted projects linked to Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated and Entertainment Weekly received pilot orders.
“From Sports Illustrated and Jerry Bruckheimer TV, ‘Sports Illustrated: True Crime’ (working title) investigates the complicated truths and realities of athletes involved in criminal activity and misdeeds,” the companies said in today’s announcement. “The one-hour television series is based on Sports Illustrated’s multiplatform ‘SI True Crime’ franchise. Each television episode will be accompanied by a piece on SI.com and in the print magazine, offering an unprecedented multiplatform experience.”
Also ordered to pilot is “Entertainment Weekly: The Bullseye,” a late-night comedy panel/talk show based on the magazine’s signature column “The Bullseye.”
“The half-hour series will have a celebrity host and panelists who square off and debate which of the week’s pop culture stories are right on target and which ones miss the mark,” the announcement notes. “Time Inc. Productions and Conveyor Media are producing with ‘The Bullseye’ Entertainment Weekly writer Marc Snetiker consulting on the project.”
The projects will be overseen for Paramount Network by Chachi Senior, senior VP, Alternative Programming, along with Tori Socha, Vice President, Development, and Dana Tuinier, Vice President, Development and Original Programming. Time Inc. Productions is led by Bruce Gersh, SVP Strategy and Business Development, and Ian Orefice, Head of Programming.
Paramount Network launches Jan. 18.