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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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MTV Renews ‘Hard Times’ For Season 2

Nellie Andreeva

MTV has renewed original comedy series The Hard Times of RJ Berger for a second season with an order for 12 new episodes. The coming-of-age, about a late-blooming loser, did so-so in its premiere following the MTV Movie Awards. But, while not a breakout hit like some of MTV’s reality series, Hard Times has quietly built audience, posting a 31% increase among P12-34 in the past four weeks. The first season finale airs Aug. 23. “We are 100% committed to scripted programming, and our current reality hits like Teen Mom, If You Really Knew Me, and, of course, Jersey Shore, provide an incredibly solid foundation for us to launch scripted series and let them gain traction,” MTV president of programming Tony DiSanto said.  “That’s key, because whereas reality tends to burn bright and fast, scripted series take time to grow.  Plus we have been so heavily branded as a reality network it will take a beat for our viewers to embrace
this new diverse slate on the channel.”

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Who’s Gonna Be The Boss Of ‘Gossip Girl’?

By | Thursday May 29, 2008 @ 10:07pm PDT

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I’m told that tonight MTV’s Tony DiSanto is still very busy denying to Hollywood that he is replacing Dawn Ostroff as head of The CW. I first heard from sources three weeks ago that Dawn was out, and Tony was in, following rounds of not-so-secret meetings with possible candidates for the network run jointly by Warner Bros and CBS. Then silence. The “explanation” making the rounds was that DiSanto, who’s been a very big deal at MTV for more than a decade, was still negotiating his CW deal. Well, DiSanto this week had a puff piece written about him where he said he isn’t leaving MTV. But today, this CW rumor went from a whisper to the talk of the town. So why? “Someone is really pushing this story hard,” says a CBS insider. ”But I believe the person who told me it’s not happening.” And the bigtime TV power-players also think it’s smoke, not fire. Perhaps it’s karma that DiSanto (EVP of series, development and animation for MTV and head of programming for MTV2), has to work overtime to dispel the chatter. After all, this is the guy responsible for some of the most-talked-about swill on MTV, like Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, Run’s House, The Hills, 8th and OceanThe Andy Milonakis Show, and TRL with Carson Daly (thus foisting that no-talent on all of us…). Whereas Ostroff got her job by the skin of her … Read More »

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