Tyra Banks (America’s Next Top Model) signs deal with ABC Signature (formerly known as Touchstone Television and ABC Studios)to host scripted and unscripted content according to Hollywood Reporter. The deal was signed shortly after Bank’s recent move as host and executive producer of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
Executive Vice President Hayley Lozitsky (E! Networks), and Director of Development and in-house writer Sabrina Besla (Meet the Spinsters), will work with Banks according to the deal.
“Ever since I was a little girl growing up in Inglewood, California, I’ve been enamored by the magic of Disney. Joining the family at ABC feels like a homecoming of sorts,” says Banks via Hollywood Reporter, “Karey Burke, Rob Mills, Jonnie Davis, and their teams are visionary leaders. My Bankable team and I are pumped to create dynamic, can’t-miss programming that is loud, splashy, and spans to international shores. From dramas and docu-series to comedies and cartoons, we’re coming to your screens with a mission to entertain you and your families in the most unexpected ways.”
Banks’ company is made up of women and follows according to her motto of expanding the definition of beauty. This motto was highly influenced after her facing rejection from six modeling agencies before the age of 15 according to the official Tyra Banks website.
“Tyra’s fierce and undeniable passion has not only made her one of the biggest stars to date, it has created an incredible connection with female audiences across multiple generations,” says ABC Entertainment president Karey Burke (ABC Primetime) via Hollywood Reporter, “We are so excited to welcome Bankable into the family and are looking forward to collaborating with Tyra and her all-star, female-led team.”