MTV Programmers Partner To Form DiGa Productions

MTV programmers Tony DiSanto and Liz Gateley have teamed up to form a new production company, DiGa Productions, that will be backed by Ben Silverman's Electus.
The partners announced the news during a Monday (Jan. 24) panel at NATPE in Miami.

DiSanto and Gateley were behind such MTV hits as Teen Mom, Jersey Shore and 16 and Pregnant. They also developed last summer's Hard Times of RJ Berger, MTV's first shot at scripted programming in years, which was renewed for a second season. The pair left MTV in December to form their new company.

The partners already have several shows in development, including a comedy format from Nick Cannon's NCredible Entertainment, starring Amanda Diva; a fashion series from the Today Show's West Coast correspondent Jill Martin; and three series with Jackhole Industries, the production company of Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison.

The pair also intends to continue their relationship with MTV, and develop and produce programming for the youth-focused cable network. Among those projects is a scripted series based on the 1985 film Teen Wolf.