Boat Rocker inks first-look deal with hit format creators

Prolific producers Cleve Keller and Dave Noll are behind Chopped and other global sensations such as Bravo's Rocco's Dinner Party.

Toronto-based media company Boat Rocker has signed a first-look deal with Cleve Keller and Dave Noll, the award-winning creative producers behind dozens of TV series including the Chopped franchise.

The pact will see the veteran duo develop and produce original unscripted programming for Boat Rocker under their Keller/Noll banner.

Keller and Noll began creating shows together exclusively in 2007, and have since become two of TV’s most successful format creators, with hits like Chopped, and HGTV’s Don’t Sweat It and Beat the House, among their many successes. Keller/Noll joins other first-look deals signed by Boat Rocker including Lena Headey’s Peephole Productions, Stephanie Langhoff’s High Tide Productions, and TeaTime Pictures with Dakota Johnson and Ro Donnelly.

“Cleve and Dave’s long-standing track record of creating and producing compelling content is unmatched and we’re thrilled to welcome them to the Boat Rocker family,” said Jay Peterson, president, Boat Rocker Studios, unscripted, and Todd Lubin, president, Matador Content. “We look forward to collaborating on unscripted projects that entertain audiences across the globe.”

Added Keller and Noll: “As we look at our next decade, our goal is simple: to create and produce the very biggest unscripted shows on television. To do that successfully, we knew we needed to connect with the best in the business, and more than that the best people in the business. That’s Jay Peterson, Todd Lubin, and Boat Rocker.”

Boat Rocker’s current unscripted slate includes the extreme reality competitions series Go-Big Show for TBS, the hit docuseries Dear… for Apple TV+ and the space travel competition series Who Wants to Be an Astronaut? for Discovery+.

This story by Justin Anderson originally appeared in Realscreen