Jupiter Entertainment, owned by Sky Studios, has appointed Lauren Gerber as Director of Development and has signed development agreements with producers Ben Pagel and Michael Lappin.
Gerber (pictured), who most recently served as an interactive development consultant with Part2 Pictures, will work directly with VP of Development Chris Spry to design unscripted programming for broadcast, cable and streaming.
Prior to Part2, Gerber was a development consultant for ITV America’s Good Caper Content and a producer at Eko, where she led non-fiction development.
Prior to that, she held positions such as development consultant at Fremantle; development consultant at Little Dot Studios, owned by All3Media; and producer at Anonymous Content.
Gerber’s credits include a series of reality competitions Home Free (Fox) and Guys grocery games (The food web).
Elsewhere, the deal with Pagel (pictured above, left), founder and creative director of New York-based creative agency Astral Studio, resulted in an order for a yet-to-be-announced 20-episode series, and of a limited premium docuseries. Pagel’s expertise includes scripted animated series, premium formats and documentaries.
Lappin (right), a television, film and podcast producer whose credits include scripted titles Love Nina (BBC1 / Netflix) and Doctor Thorne (Amazon) and the Barstool Sports podcast Call her daddy, will lead an initiative to develop the talents and intellectual property of the digital world into premium, long-form content. He was instrumental in securing Jupiter’s cross-platform deal with All Def Digital.
âLauren is an important new recruit as we seek to evolve our already diverse portfolio with new genres and formats that satisfy the appetites of our growing audience,â said Patrick Reardon, president of Jupiter Entertainment, in a statement. âMichael and Ben are invaluable additions to our team and I look forward to the many projects that will emerge from these partnerships. “
In February, Sky Studios promoted Reardon and Jupiter Entertainment founder and CEO Stephen Land in an effort to âsuperchargeâ its creative and business strategy in the United States.
As part of the move, Reardon became chairman of Jupiter Holdings, a group of production companies comprising Jupiter Entertainment, Catalina Content and The Hive.
Jupiter Entertainment’s Most Recent Credits Include Discovery + Documentaries Broken deer and First on top of the world.
The company is in production on several projects, including its true crime franchise Snapped (Oxygen), In pursuit with John Walsh (IDENTIFIER), American detective (Discovery +), Snapped: Killer Couples (Oxygen) and several premium documentaries, including the recently announced CuriosityStream Heval.