LFL Partners with Television Giants Tom Forman and Ellen Rakieten of Relativity Television
(LOS ANGELES, CA – Monday, April 7, 2014)
Legends Football League (LFL) and its media arm LFL Films have teamed with television powerhouse Relativity Television, led by its Emmy Awarding-winning CEO Tom Forman, and Ellen Rakieten of Ellen Rakieten Entertainment (ERE), a division of Relativity Television. Forman is the Emmy Award-winning producer behind “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” and currently oversees 24 original series currently on air, including the #1 television series on MTV, “Catfish.” Rakieten has served as Executive Producer of the Oprah Winfrey Show and produces such series as “The Marriage Ref” (NBC), in partnership with Jerry Seinfeld, “Losing It with Jillian” (NBC), the Emmy Award-winning “Trisha’s Southern Kitchen” (Food Network), and “Undateable,” a scripted sitcom that will premiere on NBC this spring.
“We have enjoyed amazing success in building the frame-work for a global sport. What we have lacked is the story-telling aspect of the sport and its athletes. With Relativity Television and ERE, we have one of the most accomplished and respected groups in television. Having a partner in Ms. Rakieten, who’s expertise in building properties that empower women such as the Oprah Winfrey Show and Trisha Yearwood, are invaluable”, said Mitchell Mortaza, Executive Producer, LFL Films.
Mitchell Mortaza serving as Executive Producer and Omar Mortaza as Producer will oversee as part of LFL Films. Forman through Relativity Television, and Rakieten through ERE, will oversee production.
“In the business of entertainment and television, you always try to get a sense for the next big property that has potential for mass appeal. The LFL has developed into a global sport with these incredible athletes who lead very compelling, competitive and intense lives on and off the field. We could not be more thrilled to have the opportunity to showcase some of the sports’ best untold stories,” said Rakieten.
About Relativity Television
Relativity Television, led by CEO Tom Forman, is one of the largest suppliers of television programming in the United States. Since its inception in 2008, Relativity Television has produced more than 750 hours of programming for more than 40 networks, including NBC, MTV, Showtime, A&E, Discovery Channel, Food Network and Disney Channel. In 2013, Relativity Television produced 36 series including “Catfish: The TV Show” (MTV), “The Great Food Truck Race” (Food) and “The American Bible Challenge” (Game Show Network).
Upcoming unscripted series include “Sex Box” (WE), “Guy’s Grocery Games” (Food), “SHOP” (FOX Sports 1) and “Kim of Queens” (Lifetime). Scripted projects include “Creep Show” (SyFy), “Godfall,” “Snakehead” and “Young & Hungry” (ABC Family), as well as series based on Relativity films Limitless, Haywire and Act of Valor.