The veteran showrunner behind such series as Mob Wives, My Super Sweet 16 and Real Housewives Of New Jersey has been named SVP East Coast Production and Development for VH1. In her new role, Nina Diaz will oversee unscripted programming developed and produced out of VH1’s New York office. She will be based in New York and report to Susan Levison, EVP Original Programming and Production for VH1. Diaz most recently served as SVP Head of Current Production at Left/Right Productions, where she was responsible for multiple series including VH1′s Mob Wives franchise and spinoffs as well as A&E’s Rodeo Girls. As an independent exec producer, Diaz launched Real Housewives Of New Jersey and exec produced and helped develop the formatted competition series Homemade Millionaire hosted by Kelly Ripa.
Diaz’s appointment at VH1 marks her return to Viacom, where she spent 10 years at MTV most recently as VP of the News & Documentaries division. While there, she created and produced series including MTV Cribs and My Super Sweet 16. “Her successes in creating hit television series and her exceptional showrunner skills will be invaluable as we develop and produce new programming that delivers the music, pop culture and nostalgia mix that engages our viewers,” said Levison. “I’m excited to welcome her to the VH1 team.”