Today, Jimmy Fallon and NBCUniversal announced new projects that will further expand “The Tonight Show” host’s signature brand into new content experiences across all platforms.Fallon will embark on creating one-of-a-kind series and specials across NBCUniversal through his production company, Electric Hot Dog. Fallon and Jim Juvonen run the company, where the focus is on family, comedy, music, technology and hot dogs.
The multi-hyphenate will make his foray into NBCUniversal formats and brands serving as creator, producer, writer, host, and star. As part of the endeavor, the following projects are currently in development via Fallon and Electric Hot Dog’s overall deal with Universal Television and Universal Television Alternative Studio, divisions of Universal Studio Group:
· “That’s My Jam” primetime unscripted series for NBC produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group:
Jimmy Fallon will make his primetime hosting debut and executive produce “That’s My Jam,” a new hour-long music and comedy variety event series that draws its creative DNA from wildly popular “The Tonight Show” games such as ‘Wheel Of Musical Impressions,’ ‘Roots Name That Song,’ and ‘Slay It Don’t Spray It.’ In each episode, two teams of two celebrities compete for charity in a series of music and dance-based games, performative segments, and play-along trivia, with Fallon hosting all the action. The format was brought to Universal Television Alternative Studio by Fallon, longtime “The Tonight Show” producer Jim Juvonen and writer Josh Knapp. Adam Blackstone is Musical Director and will lead the house band throughout each episode. Mike Yurchuk will serve as showrunner.
· “The Kids Tonight Show” late night series for Peacock produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group:
Jimmy Fallon and Lorne Michaels partner with Todd Lubin and Jay Peterson from Matador Content to executive produce a new late-night format for Peacock entitled “The Kids Tonight Show”. Shooting in Studio 6A at 30 Rock, across the hallway from Jimmy’s own Studio 6B, “The Kids Tonight Show” is a sophisticated, elegantly produced late night show in the vein of “The Tonight Show” – but it’s hosted by kids, and kids are in charge of everything. Viewers will get next-generation interpretations of all the beloved Fallon bits, celebrity interviews, musical performances, and a brand-new late-night show kids and families will love – only on Peacock.
· “Clash of the Cover Bands” (WT) for E! produced by Universal Television Alternative Studio, a division of Universal Studio Group:
Jimmy Fallon will executive produce “Clash of the Cover Bands,”(WT) a new music competition series on E!. In each episode, two bands of similar musical genre (e.g. Pop Divas, Boy Bands, Heavy Metal etc.) go head-to-head to see which band delivers the most impressive cover performance for a chance to win a cash prize and bragging rights.
· “5 More Sleeps ’til Christmas” primetime holiday special for NBC produced by Universal Television, a division of Universal Studio Group:
Jimmy Fallon is bringing his #1 New York Times bestselling holiday children’s book “5 More Sleeps ’til Christmas” to NBC primetime audiences as an animated special to air this holiday season. Kelly Powers produces along with ShadowMachine. Jon Foster and James Lamont are the writers.
In addition, Fallon is also developing:
· Mama & Dada animated series with DreamWorks Animation:
DreamWorks Animation and Jimmy Fallon are developing a new animated preschool series inspired by Fallon’s New York Times Best Seller children’s books “Your Baby’s First Word Will Be Dada” and “Everything is Mama.” The series is executive produced by Fallon and Kelly Powers, developed for television by Johanna Stein (Madagascar: A Little Wild) and Noelle Lara (Archibald’s Next Big Thing), and is set in an imaginative world of animals that celebrates all the special things that make a family unique.
“We continue to be in awe of all things Jimmy,” said Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “Who else could run The Tonight Show, executive produce and host brand new formats, and adapt his own bestselling books? Jimmy does them all with his signature style. We are privileged to call him a longtime member of our broadcast family.”