MGM Buys Reality Producer Evolution Media

MGM will bolster its lineup with the acquisition of the producer of Series including The Real Housewives of Orange County, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, Vanderpump Rules and Botched.

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer announced today the acquisition of the assets of Evolution Media, a producer of unscripted television, expanding MGM’s television division led by Mark Burnett, president, television group and digital.

Evolution Media’s roster of shows includes the series The Real Housewives of Orange County, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules for Bravo, as well as Botched for the E! network.

The company will operate as Evolution Media, an MGM company, with founder and CEO Douglas Ross to become the president of the acquired business, while EVP of Programming and Development Alex Baskin will become its president, programming and development, both reporting to Barry Poznick, MGM’s president of unscripted television. The business will continue to operate out of its current Burbank, Calif., headquarters under Ross and Baskin’s leadership. 

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Founded 30 years ago by Ross, Evolution Media has forged a reputation for being a bold provider of unscripted television. Since its inception, the company has produced over 50 series including the inaugural seasons of CBS’s Big Brother and NBC’s Fear Factor, as well as Disney Channel’s Bug Juice and TLC’s 10 Years Younger.

Evolution Media’s current productions include The Real Housewives of Orange County, now airing its 12th season; The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, in production on its eighth season; and the show’s spinoff, Vanderpump Rules, now in production on its fifth season, as well as Bravo’s Sweet Home Oklahoma and Lifetime’s forthcoming Growing up Supermodel, among others.    

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The purchase of Evolution Media further enlarges MGM Television’s. programming roster. In unscripted television, MGM Television has hit series on all four major TV networks, including Survivor (CBS), The Voice (NBC), Shark Tank (ABC), Jamie Foxx’s Beat Shazam (FOX) and Steve Harvey’s FUNDERDOME (ABC). In scripted television, MGM Television has Fargo (FX), The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), Vikings (History) and the upcoming Get Shorty (Epix) and Condor (AT&T’s Audience Network)


 Finally, in syndication, MGM Television will debut this fall the fifth season of the daytime court series Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court as well as the first season of Couple’s Court with The Cutlers.

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