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TCA: MTV Sets Miley Cyrus Documentary, Comedy Pilot Pickups, ‘Scream’ Writers

By | Friday July 26, 2013 @ 11:46am PDT

MTV announced today a Miley Cyrus feature documentary, and premieres for docu-series Generation Cryo and Nurses, in addition to renewals for shows including Teen Wolf, the third season of Snooki & JWOWW and the fall season of Awkward. The announcements were among those made today by Susanne Daniels, President of MTV Programming, during the network’s presentation at the TCA summer press tour.

The one-hour Cyrus feature film produced by MTV’s News and Docs team will follow her as she works on her new album and delves into the “transformation” she has experienced over the past few years — from Disney princess to TMZ fave. Premiering this fall, it follows in the footsteps of similar documentaries that have featured the likes of Lady Gaga, Drake, Nicki Minaj, Britney Spears and most recently Demi Lovato.

Additionally, Daniels announced pilot pickups of comedies Faking It (working title) from Carter Covington (10 Things I Hate About You) and Happyland (working title) from Ben Epstein and executive producers Neil Meron and Craig Zadan (Smash). Faking It  revolves around two best friends who will do almost anything to fit in and be popular in high school — including pretending to be something they are not. Happyland is a soapy teen comedy which explores the underbelly of one of the country’s most popular theme parks and those who work there.

Daniels also announced that writers Jay Beattie and Dan Dworkin (Criminal Minds) have been tapped to write the horror drama pilot Scream, which is based on the successful film franchise with Dimension Films. Read More »

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MTV Ups West Coast Reality Exec Lauren Dolgen; Kimberly Rach & Andrew Portnoy To Co-Head Production

By | Tuesday May 28, 2013 @ 1:13pm PDT

Related: Susanne Daniels To Replace David Janollari As Head Of Programming Of MTV

Changes are afoot at MTV. Head of Programming Susanne Daniels announced today that Lauren Dolgen was named Head of West Coast Reality, EVP of Series Development for MTV. It also was announced that Kimberly Rach and Andrew Portnoy will now co-head production for MTV and Chris Linn, EVP of Programming and Head of Production will be leaving MTV in the next few weeks. He has joined Turner Broadcasting as president, head of programming at truTV. You can read MTV’s full release below:

New York, NY/Santa Monica, CA (May 28, 2013) – MTV President of Programming Susanne Daniels today announced that Lauren Dolgen has been promoted to Head of West Coast Reality Programming, Executive Vice President of Series Development for MTV. Her previous title had been Head of West Coast Reality, SVP Series Development. In her expanded new position, Dolgen will oversee the strategic creation and development of all of the network’s west coast based reality television slate, including oversight of such current hits as “Teen Mom 2,” and “Ridiculousness,” the upcoming “Teen Mom 3,” as well as adding on the next season of “The Real World” to her responsibilities, among others. Based in Santa Monica, she will continue to report to Susanne Daniels.

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It’s Official: ABC Family’s Mina Lefevre Joins MTV As Head Of Scripted Programming

By | Thursday January 31, 2013 @ 5:30am PST
Nellie Andreeva

MTV‘s new president of programming Susanne Daniels has made her first major executive hire official. ABC Family’s VP Development and Programming Mina Lefevre is joining MTV as SVP and Head of Scripted Programming. Lefevre, who starts in February, will oversee all of MTV’s scripted development and programming. Based in Los Angeles, she will report to Daniels.

Related: ABC Family’s Mina Lefevre To Head Scripted Programming For MTV

MTV’s scripted development had been overseen by SVP Justin Levy, who is now expected to report to Lefevre. Levy, who championed MTV’s breakout comedy Awkward, had been flying solo since MTV’s co-head of scripted programming, SVP Clay Spencer, was let go a day after Daniels was announced as new MTV programming topper. Levy and Spencer had been sharing co-head of scripted duties since February 2011.

At ABC Family, where Lefevre spent 12 years, she oversaw such series as flagship drama Pretty Little Liars as well as Melissa & Joey, Jane by Design, and Lying Game. “Mina was instrumental in establishing ABC Family as a pop culture player, and she’s demonstrated a proven ability to make hits that connect with young adults,” Daniels said. Read More »

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ABC Family’s Mina Lefevre To Head Scripted Programming For MTV

By | Friday January 4, 2013 @ 4:58pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: I’ve learned that MTV‘s new president of programming Susanne Daniels has made her first major executive hire, tapping ABC Family’s VP Development and Programming Mina Lefevre as SVP and new head of scripted programming. The cable network’s current head of scripted, SVP Justin Levy, is expected to report to Lefevre. MTV had no comment. When Daniels was named president of programming of MTV in November, there was a lot of speculation whether she would bring in top executives from outside, especially people she had worked with at the WB or Lifetime. A day after Daniels’ announcement, MTV’s co-head of scripted programming, SVP Clay Spencer, was let go, leaving Levy as the solo head of scripted. Spencer had been brought in by Daniels’ predecessor David Janollari, while Levy is a homegrown MTV talent, having been at the cable network for over four years, steadily rising through the ranks. He championed the network’s breakout comedy Awkward and also has payed an integral part in the development and production of the other successful MTV series, Teen Wolf. He is now overseeing Hot Mess, the new pilot from Awkward creator/executive producer Lauren Iungerich.

Bringing in an executive from ABC Family signals a continuing focus on millennials for MTV, which has been struggling in the ratings as Jersey Shore lost its juggernaut status. At ABC Family, where Lefevre has been for 12 years, she has overseen all … Read More »

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Susanne Daniels To Replace David Janollari As Head Of Programming Of MTV

By | Monday November 12, 2012 @ 1:49pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

MTV is shaking up its top programming ranks for a second time in the last two years with the appointment of Susanne Daniels. Effective immediately, she replaces David Janollari. EVP Janollari, along with EVP MTV Production Chris Linn, were elevated two years ago to take take over the responsibilities of departing Tony DiSanto. Daniels is given DiSanto’s former title of president of programming vs. EVP for Janollari. She will oversee development and programming for the network, including scripted and reality series, news and documentaries, production and talent. She will be based in LA and report to MTV Music & Logo Group president Van Toffler and MTV president Stephen Friedman. Linn, who previously reported to Toffler and Friedman, will now report to Daniels, Toffler and Friedman. Read More »

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