Irwin Entertainment teams up with Dick Wolf and Greg Berlanti for factual programming – TBI Vision
Los Angeles-based Irwin Entertainment has teamed up with prolific scripted producers Dick Wolf and Greg Berlanti to develop distinct upcoming shows.
Several projects are in development with Irwin, who is behind NBC’s next series of dance competitions with Shakira. Dance with myself.
The partnerships come as part of a fact-based push for the company led by John Irwin, which focuses on real-life stories “stranger than fiction”. He named former Rogue Atlas director Eli Frankel as president of production and development earlier this year.
It’s an intriguing pair of partnerships for the company. Wolf Entertainment founder Dick Wolf is best known as the creator of crime drama franchises Law and Order, FBI and Chicago.
Greg Berlanti and his Berlanti Productions label, meanwhile, are the architect of The CW’s “Arrowverse” superhero universe, which includes the flash and Superman and Lois.
Irwin founded Irwin Entertainment in 2005, producing reality series including Celebrity Rehab, sober house and Couple therapy.
The company is well known as a producer of comedy specials and live events, including Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh for Netflix and Michelle Wolf: nice lady for HBO. It will also launch competition series dance with myself on NBC on May 31.
Comedy veteran Irwin, who began his career as a PA on the 1980s sitcom Showtime This is the Garry Shandling showspent nearly 20 years working with prolific comedy producer and writer Lorne Michaels, the creator of NBC’s Saturday The night live. His early production credits include Def Comedy Jam and specials for comedians such as Rowan Atkinson and John Leguizamo.