Debbie Travis, husband exit RTR Media

The change leaves Kit Redmond as sole owner of the media co, which has several new shows in production for HGTV Canada and W Network, as well as a development deal with Discovery HD Canada.

Design diva Debbie Travis and husband Hans Rosenstein are leaving indie producer RTR Media.

The departure leaves Kit Redmond as the sole owner of the boutique TV producer after she bought out Travis and Rosenstein.

A year after the trio cofounded RTR in 2004, Travis jumped from specialty TV to conventional prime-time with the launch of the one-hour series From the Ground Up with Debbie Travis on Global Television.

Despite the current turbulence in the market, Redmond insisted the time was right to buy out her former business partners and entice risk-averse broadcasters with new shows.

‘Broadcasters turn to tried-and-true producers who are low maintenance,’ Redmond said of the current Canadian TV landscape in an interview.

Redmond added RTR will go forward with two TV series, the third season of Income Property for HGTV in Canada and the US, and a new, 13-part financial series for W, the name of which has not yet been announced by the channel.

Redmond and RTR’s three executive producers, Grazyna Krupa, Samantha Linton and Carolynne Bell, also have another two series in development with HGTV Canada, the first a design show and the other real estate program to be hosted by Income Property‘s Scott McGillivray.

RTR also signed a development deal with Discovery HD Canada.

Travis and Rosenstein will remain attached to RTR as advisors, while they focus on their Montreal-based production house Whalley-Abbey Media, producer of the HGTV Canada series The Property Shop.

The duo will also oversee Travis’ expanding merchandising and book lines.

From Playback Daily