Big Brother producers Allison Grodner, Rich Meehan sign with Sony

Big Brother executive producers Allison Grodner and Rich Meehan have signed a two-year deal with Sony. They will “develop and produce programming for broadcast and cable television, along with Sony’s Internet properties,” The Wrap’s Josef Adalian reports.

Variety reports that “Grodner and Meehan said it was the breadth of resources available to them under the Sony umbrella that drew them to the studio. Sony has a slew of TV and film properties that might be ripe for a reality adaptation, and the studio greatly expanded its unscripted format library last year with the acquisition of Dutch production company 2WayTraffic.”

Meehan has produced the CBS show with Grodner since season five, and they’re now formalizing their working agreement with their new production company, Fly on the Wall Entertainment. “We work really well together, and he’s just so creative. I attribute a lot of ‘Big Brother’s’ success to Rich, so it was sort of a no-brainer. It’s good to have somebody by your side,” Grodner told Adalian.

The big question is whether or not this will affect their work on Big Brother, and in interviews, Grodner seems optimistic although hedges slightly, perhaps as a way to negotiate in advance. “‘Big Brother’ has to be picked up for another season,” but if it is, “Rich and I would welcome any opportunity to continue with ‘Big Brother’,” she told Adalian. Likewise, she told Variety, “There’s no reason to believe we can’t make something work.”

Sony Beefs Up Reality Roster with “Big Bro” Producers [The Wrap]
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