Teen Weddings will follow several teen couples on their journeys to the altar and Thrift Wars will feature competitive thrift shopping, also known as “thrifting”. The pilots are the first of several expected to be announced in contention for Oxygen’s 2012 schedule and the first under new SVP Original Programming and Development Rod Aissa, who came from OWN last month. Here are the network’s loglines for the pilots:
Oxygen Media has tapped former OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network executive Rod Aissa as SVP Programming and Development. He will oversee all programming and development efforts at the network as well as shepherd new and existing series like The Next Big Thing and Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood. Aissa will report to Oxygen president Jason Klarman and be based in New York; SVP Development Cori Abraham and VP Current Production Teri Kennedy report to him and the three will be charged with “finding new genres, new twists on existing formats and identifying talent that all speak directly to Oxygen’s ‘Live Out Loud’ brand philosophy” that targets young women. Before OWN, Aissa was EVP TV at Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst Films, where he developed True Beauty for ABC. He also worked at MTV and was on the team that created and produced such unscripted hits like The Osbournes and Punk’d, helping to launch the careers of Kutcher as well as the likes of Jenny McCarthy and Carson Daly.
EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that OWN SVP programming and development Rod Aissa is leaving Oprah Winfrey’s cable network to join rival Oxygen as head of programming. Aissa is expected to succeed Amy Introcaso-Davis, who last month departed her post as SVP Original Programming and Development at Oxygen Media to become EVP Programming at Game Show Network. This is the latest departure of a high-level programming executive from the fledgling OWN, co-venture between Discovery Communications and Winfrey’s Harpo, and the first since Winfrey took over the channel as CEO in July. (At a Discovery level, COO Peter Liguori, who used to oversee OWN, recently left the company.) Ironically, Winfrey, who co-owns OWN, co-owned Oxygen before it became part of NBCUniversal. Aissa, who joined OWN in March 2010, has served as SVP, programming and development, primetime and, along with Michele Dix, has overseen all programming and development for the network. He was one of the programming executives who joined OWN after having worked with the network’s former CEO Christina Norman at MTV. Norman departed OWN in May. Before OWN, Aissa served as EVP, TV at Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst production company and as EVP, series and talent development, MTV/MTV Films where he won an Emmy for his work on The Osbournes.