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MTV Picks Up ‘I Just Want My Pants Back’ To Series

Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: MTV has picked up drama pilot I Just Want My Pants Back to series, the latest addition to the cable network’s rapidly expanding portfolio of scripted original series. The project, based on the book by David Rosen, is a co-production with Doug Liman and Dave Bartis’ Hypnotic and Universal Cable Prods. Described as an youthful romantic dramedy set in New York City, Pants, which was adapted for TV by Rosen, centers on 22-year-old Jason Strider and his friends who grapple with dating, romance and becoming adults. This has been a passion project for Liman who had worked on it for years. It was originally developed for NBC through UMS where Hypnotic was based. Through their relationship with UCP where they executive produce USA’s Covert Affairs, Liman and Bartis brought the script to the studio. It was then taken to MTV, which greenlighted it to pilot with Liman directing, his first pilot directing gig in more than 3 years. In addition to directing the pilot and executive producing the series, Liman will direct several more episodes. In the end, Pants “found its right home,” MTV’s head of programming David Janollari said. “It has an amazing, authentic 20-something voice, feels contemporary and relatable and will connect with our audience.”

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It’s Official: MTV Announces David Janollari And Chris Linn Promotions

By | Tuesday November 9, 2010 @ 9:34am PST
Nellie Andreeva

MTV this morning confirmed Deadline’s story from Sunday, announcing that it is elevating EVP scripted development David Janollari and EVP MTV Production Chris Linn. The duo will succeed departing president of programming Tony DiSanto. Here is the official release:

New York, NY (November 9, 2010) MTV, a part of Viacom’s MTV Networks today announced veteran entertainment and television executive David Janollari will take on the expanded role of Executive Vice President, Head of Programming for the network effective immediately.  In addition, Chris Linn will become Executive Vice President, Programming and Head of MTV Production.  The announcement was made today by Van Toffler, President of MTV Networks Music & Logo Group and Stephen Friedman, General Manager of MTV.

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MTV’s David Janollari And Chris Linn To Take Over For Departing Tony DiSanto

By | Sunday November 7, 2010 @ 6:46pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I hear MTV is finalizing its succession plans in light of the pending departure of the network’s president of programming Tony DiSanto.  I hear that the bulk of DiSanto’s responsibilities will be divided between EVP scripted development David Janollari and EVP MTV Production Chris Linn. Janollari will continue to oversee all scripted development for the network and may take over some unscripted responsibilities as he is expected to oversee all West Coast development. Chris Linn, who has been the current executive on MTV’s biggest series Jersey Shore while also heading development and production of TV movies and production of pilots and series, is expected to take oversight of East Coast development. Read More »

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