VH1 is shaking things up behind the scenes on two of its longest-running franchises. Deadline reports that the channel has removed the original production companies from “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood” and “Basketball Wives.”
“The Viacom-owned cable network has removed Eastern TV from ‘Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood’ and Shed Media USA from ‘Basketball Wives’ and is set to replace them with other production outfits as it looks to take these shows in a new direction,” Deadline reports.
“Warner Bros-backed Shed Media has come off ‘Basketball Wives,’ which follows the wives of NBA stars including Shaunie O’Neal, who created the show and was married to Shaquille O’Neal,” Deadline reports. “It has run to over 150 episodes on VH1 across the original series and an LA-based spin-off. It is thought that VH1 hopes the move to revitalize the format will lead to further spin-offs.”
The report adds: “Meanwhile, Eastern TV, which is run by CEO Toby Barraud and President Stefan Springman, will no longer be involved in producing ‘Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood’ but will still be responsible for producing ‘Love & Hip Hop: New York,’ ‘Love & Hip Hop: Miami’ and ‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.'”