Bravo Media Greenlights Most Diversified Slate Ever of New and Returning Unscripted and Scripted Series
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BRAVO MEDIA GREENLIGHTS MOST DIVERSIFIED SLATE EVER OF NEW AND RETURNING UNSCRIPTED AND SCRIPTED SERIES
NETWORK RANKS #9 IN KEY DEMOS AND #1 MOST ENGAGING CABLE ENTERTAINMENT NETWORK AMONG P18-49
NEW YORK – April 8, 2014 – Bravo Media unveils its ambitious slate of original programming with 15 new series including two scripted, 16 returning, and three new projects in development. The network continues to expand across every platform in 2014 with high-quality content that focuses on the network’s passion points of food, fashion, beauty, design, pop culture and digital. Committed to breakthrough programming, Bravo continues to partner with award-winning producers, prominent writers and experts in a variety of fields.
Bravo maintained the #1 ranking for the most engaged, educated and affluent viewers for P18-49 in primetime and was the #5 most social cable reality network in 2013, according to Nielsen. After eight consecutive years of growth in total viewership, Bravo earned its best quarter in network history among all key demos in Q1, ranking #9 in the P18-49 and P25-54 demos. The network is averaging 1.1 million total viewers and 629,000 adults 18-49 year to-date, up 7 percent and 1 percent respectively vs. Q1 2013. Bravo Digital also delivered its best quarter in network history for page views and total video streams on Mobile. BravoTV.com had its best first quarter ever for tablet page views and the Bravo Now mobile app scored its best first quarter in network history for page views.
“Our strategy of creating a total multi-platform lifestyle experience for our Affluencers is paying off with not just viewership growth across the board, but also loyalty, which is at an all-time high for Bravo,” said Frances Berwick, President Bravo & Oxygen Media. “This diversified new lineup, which includes two scripted series and our first ‘real-time’ docu-series, will satisfy fans and also bring in new affluent viewers.”
Bravo recently announced its digital initiatives for the upcoming year including “Select a Scene,” an evolution of the popular Play Live technology in which viewers interact with the live broadcast, and an innovative location-based “Mobile Pass” experience. The network will continue to roll out “Social Commercials,” a new offering that focuses on fan recognition through on-air vignettes. In addition, Bravo will bring back the “Real Housewives Awards” for a second year following its inaugural success. The awards engaged fans on all platforms, garnering over 2 million votes across web and mobile, and more than 14 million page views for all things “Real Housewives.”
Viewers’ passion for Bravo creates impressions as the network has the #2 most loyal P18-49 audience in ad-supported cable entertainment, translating to one of the most effective environments for advertisers. Bravo ranked as the leading network across all of television in 2013 for brand opinion lift from in-program placements, as well as the #3 network on cable for viewers who both recall and like traditional ads and #2 for brand opinion lift from custom vignettes.
“Bravo’s Affluencers continue to be the most engaged audience in cable entertainment,” said Laura Molen, Executive Vice President, Lifestyle Advertising Sales Group, NBCUniversal. “With digital innovations including ‘Social Commercials’ and ‘Mobile Pass,’ Bravo remains at the forefront of seamlessly integrating advertising opportunities into our most popular programming.”
NEW SCRIPTED SERIES:
“Odd Mom Out”
Produced by Left/Right with Ken Druckerman and Banks Tarver serving as Executive Producers along with Jill Kargman, and Piro Vision’s Tim Piper and Daniel Rosenberg.
Forget about keeping up with the Joneses, in acclaimed author and celebrated fashionista Jill Kargman’s world, life is about keeping up with the Rockefellers. This hilarious half-hour comedy, based not-so-loosely on Jill’s own life, captures the fantastically outrageous world of the uber-wealthy momzillas of New York’s Upper East Side. Playing a version of herself, Jill is living in a world that has become so elite, so hip, and so trendy, that she’s now the odd mom out.
“Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce”
Produced by Universal Cable Productions with Marti Noxon, who wrote the pilot, Vicki Iovine, Meryl Poster and Robbie Duncan McNeil serving as Executive Producers.
Based on the best-selling “Girlfriends’ Guide” book series by Vicki Iovine, the scripted series written by Marti Noxon (“Glee,” “Mad Men,” “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”), follows Abby, played by Lisa Edelstein (“House”), a self-help book author who hides the fact that she’s separated from her husband as she starts to navigate her life as a single woman in her early 40s in Los Angeles. As previously announced, the series also stars Janeane Garofalo (“Reality Bites”) as Lyla and Beau Garrett (“Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior”) as Phoebe. The network now confirms, Necar Zadegan (“Emily Owens, MD,” “24”) will star in the new role of Delia and Robert Duncan McNeill (“666 Park Avenue,” “Chuck”) has signed on as Producing Director for the series, which is slated to begin production this summer. Paul Adelstein played the role of Abby’s husband in the pilot and Carrie Fisher made a cameo as Abby’s book editor Cat in the pilot.
UNSCRIPTED NEW SERIES:
“Top Chef Duels”
Produced by Magical Elves with Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz serving as Executive Producers.
Previously announced as “Top Chef Extreme,” this new culinary competition series hosted by celebrity chef Curtis Stone brings back eighteen of the biggest, boldest and most talked-about personalities from past seasons of “Top Chef” and “Top Chef Masters.” In each episode, two former chef’testants will face off head-to-head in three rounds of extreme culinary challenges, each being given the chance to up the ante and challenge the other’s culinary skills. The winners of each battle will compete in the season finale in a test of pure gastronomic talent and ambition until only one is standing to claim the $100,000 grand prize and culinary bragging rights. Curtis Stone will also anchor the judges table with Gail Simmons, while chefs Wolfgang Puck and Hugh Acheson and special guests will round out the judging panel throughout the series.
“Best New Restaurant”
Produced by One Potato Two Potato with Gordon Ramsay, Tom Colicchio, Elizabeth Cook, Nicola Moody, Pat Llewellyn and Ben Adler serving as Executive Producers.
A new out-of-studio culinary competition series that tackles the food world from a fresh direction: the restaurant. Acclaimed restaurateur and host, Tom Colicchio, along with his trusted team of experts, pit 16 of the nation’s hottest new restaurants against each other in a series of challenges aimed at determining who provides the best all-around, top-to-bottom experience. Tom will travel across the nation in search of only one restaurant that deserves a cash prize and to be crowned “Best New Restaurant.” The series is modeled after the UK hit “Ramsay’s Best Restaurant” from executive producer Gordon Ramsay.
“100 Dates” (working title)
Produced by All3Media America, Goodbye Pictures and Lime Pictures. Eli Holzman, Stephen Lambert and Derek McLean will serve as Executive Producers for AllMedia America; Rich Bye will serve as Executive Producer for Goodbye Pictures; and Kate Little and Claire Poysner will serve as Executive Producers for Lime Pictures.
“100 Dates” follows a group of young, successful New York singles as they search for love and live it up in the city that never sleeps. Marking the network’s first foray into real-time docu-drama production, each episode will be shot and aired within the same week. This addictive series takes transmedia to the next level as fans will be able to interact with the cast and affect the story in ways that have never been seen through social media.
“Friends to Lovers?”
Produced by World of Wonder with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell and Angela Berg serving as Executive Producers.
A true social experiment exploring what happens when platonic friends leave the comfort of the ‘friend zone’ behind and transition into exclusive romantic relationships. “Friends to Lovers?” attempts to answer the age old question, can friends really become lovers, as it follows multiple sets of friends who take a leap of faith and decide to take their relationships to the next level.
“Manzo’d with Children”
Produced by Sirens Media with Lucilla D’Agostino, Valerie Haselton and Rebecca Toth Diefenbach serving as Executive Producers.
Caroline Manzo of “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” attempts to be the ring leader of her crazy Italian family. Her children are driving her more nuts than ever as Albie is single and ready to mingle, Chris is eager to come up with the best idea since the stripper/car wash, and Lauren has finally let Vito put a ring on it. Meanwhile, husband, Al Sr., has no tolerance for all these shenanigans. It’s one crowded house filled with laughter and personality…and maybe a few rounds of the Ham Game.
“Euros of Hollywood”
Produced by CORE Media Group with Jennifer O’Connell, Rob Lee of Bayonne Entertainment and Andrew Hoegl serving as Executive Producers.
With personalities as big as their native countries, six successful European jetsetters are taking Los Angeles by storm. From an Albanian pop princess determined to conquer America her way, to a self-dubbed Italian Renaissance man whose personality screams “I’m a star,” these men and women are stopping at nothing on their rise to the top. With their hearts on their sleeves, they have a few things in common— the pursuit of wealth, power, fame and the American dream.
“Ladies of London” – Premiering June
Produced by Adjacent Productions with Izzie Pick Ashcroft, Claire O’Donohoe, Anna Geddes, Jane Tranter and Michael Brooks serving as Executive Producers.
Set in the glittering, class-conscious city of London, the docu-series follows a group of elite British socialites, Annabelle Neilson and Caroline Stanbury along with American expats Juliet Angus, Caprice Bourret, Marissa Hermer and Noelle Reno who all run in similar social circles, but are worlds apart. From weekend getaways in the English countryside, to high tea at one of London’s exclusive polo-clubs, both groups adhere to strict unwritten rules of engagement where reputation is everything.
“Game of Crowns” – Premiering July
Produced by Shed Media US with Pam Healey, Lisa Shannon, Dan Peirson and Tess Gamboa as Executive Producers.
Six pageant wives compete on the “Mrs.” pageant circuit to snatch the spotlight with their intense preparation from obsessing over the perfect swimsuit to honing their interview skills– all while being dedicated mothers and wives. The cast includes Susanna Paliotta, Shelley Carbone, Lynne Diamante, Vanassa Sebastian, Leha Guilmette, and Lori-Ann Marchese.
“Million Dollar Listing Miami” – Premiering June
Produced by World of Wonder Productions with Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell and Eric Detwiler serving as Executive Producers.
The hit franchise is expanding into the sexy city of Miami where three luxury agents, Chad Carroll, Samantha DeBianchi and Chris Leavitt, battle it out in the world of high-end real estate. With a surging market in South Florida, properties are selling for record rates and agents are cashing in on massive commissions like never before. Business can get heated as the brokers attempt to make a name for themselves and outshine their competition by landing the next big listing.
Produced by Authentic Entertainment with Lauren Lexton, Tom Rogan and Sonia Slutsky serving as Executive Producers.
A classic fish-out-of-water tale, this docu-series follows outspoken New Jersey native and Hollywood publicist, Jaime Primak Sullivan, as she navigates life in the upscale southern suburb of Mountain Brook, Alabama. Jaime’s life was turned upside down after she married the town’s “most eligible” bachelor. Despite the help of her girlfriends, who are determined to sculpt Jaime into a southern darling, Jaime can’t help but speak her mind – often to hilarious results. Can Jaime keep her Jersey cool in the Deep South, or will her southern-bred BFFs finally turn her into a true-blue Alabama belle?
“Untying the Knot” – Premiering June
Produced by Engel Entertainment with Steven Engel, Krystal Kennedy and Dean W. Slotar serving as Executive Producers.
When couples go from “I do” to “I don’t,” Vikki Ziegler is who they call to mediate, advise and divide their assets out of court. Each episode features a different divorcing couple struggling to divvy up their belongings that range from dazzling diamonds to the family pets. Expert appraisers Michael and Mark Millea evaluate the items in question and help Vikki determine a fair division of assets. Why let a judge decide your fate when this “Divorce Diva” can cut through all the drama to determine who will get what?
“Extreme Guide to Parenting” – Premiering July
Produced by Punched In The Head Productions with Amelia D’Entrone, Craig D’Entrone and Lauren Lazin serving as Executive Producers.
From spoiling and severe punishments to helicopter and new age methods, this is parenting at its most extreme. Each episode gives a candid look at two different households with very unique styles of raising their children – and each family strongly believes their methods are superior.
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta: Kandi’s Wedding” (working title)
Produced by True Entertainment with Steven Weinstock, Glenda Hersh, Lauren Eskelin and Carlos King serving as Executive Producers. Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker also serve as Executive Producers.
You are cordially invited to celebrate the wedding of Kandi Burruss and Todd Tucker. Against vocal family opposition that played out dramatically in season six of “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Kandi and Todd have decided to move forward and tie the knot. Each episode follows Kandi and Todd as they plan a larger-than-life “Coming to America” themed wedding ceremony, signifying the couple’s initial introduction in Africa.
UNSCRIPTED DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS:
“Going Going Gone” (working title)
Produced by Fremantle Media North America with Thom Beers, Toby Gorman and Jodi Day serving as Executive Producers.
A never-before-attempted live televised estate sale where viewers are given the chance to snoop around the most spectacular homes in the country and bid LIVE on what’s inside! From a hand-sewn peacock feather dress modeled by Naomi Campbell at Milan Fashion Week to a stunning worn leather knife roll used by Wolfgang Puck at the time he opened his first Spago, at home viewers will have the opportunity to own some truly unique treasures.
“Tour Group” (working title)
Produced by Monkey Kingdom with Will Macdonald and David Granger serving as Executive Producers.
This luxury travel docu-series will follow a diverse group of upscale characters on a mind-blowing vacation through the most stunning, eclectic and exclusive sights and scenes around the globe. With such vibrant and varied personalities forced together in alien environments for two months, this dream holiday could be just that as some might find love under the pink light of the Taj Mahal, or turn into a nightmare for others as the furs fly in seven star resorts from Dubai to the Maldives. One thing is for certain, from a Safari in Kenya to the Souks of Morocco, this will be the ride of a lifetime.
“Gen XYZ” (working title)
Produced by Warrior Poets and Crybaby Media with Morgan Spurlock, Ethan Goldman, Jeremy Chilnick and Danny Passman serving as Executive Producers.
Six ambitious and successful women from four different generations are each on the precipice of taking their career to the next level in the fashion and beauty industries. While working to navigate the delicate balance between their personal and professional realities and aspirations, these trail blazers are grappling with what “having it all” really looks like for women of today in the cutthroat fashion industry.
This summer many of Bravo’s memorable characters return as the network confirms new season orders of high-seas and high-stakes drama with Below Deck season two, Don’t Be Tardy… season three, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles season seven and The Real Housewives of New Jersey season six. Returning fan favorites this fall include a twelfth season of the Emmy Award-winning culinary competition series Top Chef, The Millionaire Matchmaker season eight, The Real Housewives of Atlanta season seven and The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills season five. The fall fun continues with the return of Shahs of Sunset season four, Vanderpump Rules season three, Fashion Queens season three and Newlyweds season two. Look out for the sophomore returns of Thicker Than Water and Blood, Sweat & Heels, along with more Watch What Happens Live and a third season of Newlyweds in 2015.
Source: Nielsen Media Research, 2014 Cable Entertainment ratings rank: L7 data through 3/16/14 blended with LS data through 3/30/14, NHI calendar, M-Su 8p-11p, includes all measured ad-supported cable entertainment networks that air in 100% of daypart, 2014TD Engagement: Nielsen TV Brand Effect (IAG), 2014 through 2/09/14, P18-49, non-sports, primetime, ranked against IAG measured cable networks, 2013 Engagement: Nielsen TV Brand Effect (IAG), 2013, P18-49, Includes all IAG measured cable networks, primetime only, non-sports, 2013 Educated and Affluent: P18-49 UD $100K+ W/1+College=Yes VPVH for measured ad-supported cable entertainment nets that aired through entirety of NHI 2013, Consecutive years of growth: P2+ AA(000) by full NHI years, 1Q14 includes L7 data through 3/16/14 blended with LS through 3/30/14 versus comparable blend of data for 1Q13. Nielsen Social 2013 cable primetime reality ranking based on number of tweets; Digital based on Omniture SiteCatalyst 1Q 2014. Loyalty ranking – Nielsen. Loyalty defined as the percentage of viewers who tuned in 10+ days in one quarter out of all viewers reached in the same quarter.Quarterly average of 1Q13-4Q13 (12/31/12-12/29/13) . NHI Calendar.P18-49. Live+7 data. M-Su 8-11p. 6+ minute qualifier. Custom frequency 10+. Excludes News, Sports, Spanish Language and any ad-supported cable networks not airing in 100% of the daypart. Out of 74 cable networks. Traditional Ads – Nielsen TV Brand Effect (IAG). 2013. P18-49. Includes all standard ads in non-sports primetime programming across all IAG measured cable networks. Out of 21 cable networks. Based on ad likeability = % of viewers who both recall the advertised brand and report liking the commercial “a lot” or “somewhat”. In-Program Placements – Nielsen TV Brand Effect (IAG). 2013. P18-49. Includes all in-program placements in non-sports primetime programming across broadcast and IAG measured cable networks. Out of 15 networks. Based on Brand Opinion Lift (Top 2 Box). Custom Vignettes – Nielsen TV Brand Effect (IAG). 2013. P18-49. Includes all custom vignettes in non-sports primetime programming across all IAG measured cable networks. Out of 21 networks. Based on Brand Opinion Lift (Top 2 Box).