Clay Spencer, who recently joined MTV as VP scripted series, and Justin Levy, who recently re-upped his deal at the network as VP scripted series, will run the cable network’s scripted department.They succeed David Janollari, who was recently promoted to head of programming in the wake of Tony DiSanto’s departure from the network. Spencer and Levy will be based in Santa Monica, reporting to Janollari.
Over the past year, MTV has made scripted programming a priority with an aggressive development slate, which has resulted in 6 series orders: The Hard Times of RJ Berger, which is returning for a second season, Skins, and the upcoming Teen Wolf, This is Awkward, I Just Want My Pants Back and Good Vibes. Levy has been VP scripted series at MTV since July 2008 spearheading such projects as The Hard Times of RJ Berger, Teen Wolf and This is Awkward. Spencer, who joined MTV in August and has been involved in Good Vibes and Pants as well as the Inbetweeners pilot. He previously worked with Janollari at the WB where he … Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: I hear that MTV’s president of programming Tony DiSanto and his top lieutenant, SVP series development Liz Gateley, will be leaving the network to form a production company that will focus on film as well as scripted and unscripted television. I hear Ben Silverman’s Electus, backed by Barry Diller’s IAC, will own a stake in the new company which has already lined up a number of commitments, including some from MTV. Meanwhile, former WB entertainment president David Janollari, who joined MTV in January as EVP scripted development, will most likely be elevated to a top programming position at the channel. Janollari, who may not inherit DiSanto’s president of programming title, would probably oversee series but not specials, news and events. I hear Janollari has been offered the job and has until tomorrow to accept, which he is expected to do. DiSanto and Gateley are expected to stay through the end of the year to help with the transition. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: MTV is moving forward with the adaptation of the British award-winning high-school comedy series The Inbetweeners, handing a pilot order to the project.
Brad Copeland (Arrested Development, My Name Is Earl) has been tapped as writer/ showrunner/ executive producer, marking his return to TV full-time after a stint in features. Search for actors to play the leads in the pilot is already underway and is being led by casting directors Juel Bestrop and Seth Yanklewitz who cast blockbuster feature comedy The Hangover. The Inbetweeners has been a passion project for MTV’s EVP scripted development David Janollari, who won the rights to the format in a heated bidding this past summer. “The Inbetweeners is one of the best comedies to come out of the U.K. in years,” he said. “It’s unique and bold, its approach to contemporary teen coming-of-age stories is universal and simply hilarious, and it will resonate immensely with our core demographic.” Iain Morris and Damon Beesley, creators of the original series, which runs on Channel 4′s digital sibling E4, will executive produce the pilot alongside Copeland, Aaron Kaplan, who is producing through his Kapital Entertainment, and former Comedy Central head of original programming Lauren Corrao.
Described as Superbad meets Freeks and Geeks, The Inbetweeners takes a realistic look at life in high school. It revolves around four high school boys who belong to the “inbetweeners” social class — teens who are not the most cool and popular but not geeky enough … Read More »
MTV continues to rapidly expand its scripted series portfolio by greenlighting two new half-hour series, the coming-of-age comedy That Girl and horror comedy Death Valley. Each has received a 12-episode order. After reentering the scripted arena last year with the series order to The Hard Times of RJ Berger, which was recently renewed for a second season, MTV has stepped up its scripted efforts, especially after the appointment of David Janollari as EVP of scripted development in January. In the past 4 months, MTV has picked up a whopping 5 new scripted series, dramas Skins and Teen Wolf, comedies That Girl and Death Valley and animated comedy Good Vibes. That is 2.5 times as many Read More »