Jimmy Kimmel’s Kimmelot Sets Unscripted Production Deal With ITV America

“Crank Yankers” revival for Comedy Central to be first series under this pact

Last Updated: March 28, 2019 @ 10:31 AM

Jimmy Kimmel’s newly-launched production company, Kimmelot, has signed an exclusive production deal for unscripted content with ITV America.

The first series that will be produced under this deal is the revival for “Crank Yankers.”

The revived series will get 20 new half-hour episodes from Comedy Central. Updated for a digitally driven audience, the world’s favorite profane puppets will be pranking on phones, social media, esports platforms and any venue where trouble can be made, per the cable network.

“We can’t wait to get moving with Jimmy, Scott Lonker and the whole Kimmelot team,” said ITV America CEO David George. “ITV America is thrilled to be on board for ‘Crank Yankers,’ and with a lot of other projects in the works, it’s just the beginning of what we hope to be a long, prank-filled relationship.”

Launched last fall and described as Kimmel’s “creative lab,” Kimmelot creates content in the unscripted, scripted, digital, app/mobile-based realms, with initial projects focused on comedy. Former CAA TV agent Scott Lonkerwill is serving as president of the Los Angeles-based media company, which operates under Brent Montgomery’s Wheelhouse Entertainment.

“I couldn’t be more pleased to partner with ITV America on our first Kimmelot series,” Kimmel said. “David and Danielle understand how crucial it is to expose a new generation of Americans to the art and beauty of crank calling.”