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Animation Exec Katie Krentz Signs Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios (Exclusive)

Animation Exec Katie Krentz Signs Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios (Exclusive)
Veteran animation executive Katie Krentz has signed an overall deal with CBS Television Studios. It is the first such agreement for Krentz, who recently wrapped a five-year tenure at Cartoon Network, where she was senior director of development.

“Making the transition from executive to producer felt like the natural next step for me, and I’m so excited,” said Krentz. “I look forward to working with CBS Television Studios to build an animation pipeline where we can create and showcase innovative animated content from the most unique voices in the space.”

Krentz developed 35 pilots and over 15 series during her time at Cartoon Network. There she earned a reputation for shepherding artist-driven programming such as the Emmy-winning limited series, “Over the Garden Wall.” Among the other shows she developed are “Steven Universe,” “We Bare Bears,” “Uncle Grandpa,” “Clarence,” and “Ok K.O! Let’s Be Heroes,” as well as the upcoming “Apple and Onion,” “Summer Camp Island
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Susan Levison Joins CBS TV Studios As Svp Alternative Programming

Seasoned unscripted executive Susan Levison, former head of original programming at VH1, has been named Svp Alternative Programming for CBS Television Studios. She will report to Senior Evp Ghen Maynard. CBS TV Studios launched the alternative department last fall when CBS veteran Maynard returned to the fold. While the studio is building an executive suite with two heavyweights who have run network alternative departments, CBS has a pending vacancy with head of…
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Former VH1 Exec Susan Levison Joins CBS as Senior VP of Alternative Programming

Former VH1 programming executive Susan Levison has been named the senior vice president of alternative programming for CBS Television Studios, Variety has learned.

Levison will report to Ghen Maynard, senior executive vice president of alternative programming. She will work with Maynard to create and develop new alternative and unscripted content for all broadcast and cable networks, streaming services, and digital platforms.

“I’ve known Susan a long time and am excited to have her join me in building our alternative operations at the Studio,” said Maynard. “She brings an entrepreneurial spirit that I’ve long admired, as well as outstanding creative chops as a producer, seller and buyer.”

Levison joins CBS from VH1/Sony where she has been executive producing the scripted series “Daytime Divas,” starring Vanessa Williams. Prior to that, she served as executive vice president of original programming and production at VH1, overseeing all VH1 original programming and development for both the East and West
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Susan Levison Named Senior VP Alternative at CBS TV Studios

CBS Television Studios is bolstering its alternative division.

The studio has tapped former VH1 exec Susan Levison to serve as senior vp alternative programming. She will work closely with senior exec vp alternative Ghen Maynard and develop new alternative and unscripted content for broadcast, cable, streaming and digital platforms.

"I've known Susan a long time and am excited to have her join me in building our alternative operations at the studio," said Maynard, to whom she will report. "She brings an entrepreneurial spirit that I've long admired, as well as outstanding creative chops as a producer, seller and buyer."

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VH1 Ups Nina L. Diaz To Head Of Reality

Nina L. Diaz, VH1’s Svp East Coast Production and Development, has been promoted to Evp and Head of Reality Programming. She will oversee all reality development and production for the network, reporting to VH1 president Chris McCarthy. VH1 had been without one central head of programming since last November when Evp Susan Levison exited, with East Coast development head Diaz and her West Coast counterpart Jill Holmes reporting directly to McCarthy. Holmes last week steppe…
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Star Jones’ ‘Satan Sisters’ About ‘View’-Like Daytime Talk Show Picked Up to Series at VH1

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Star Jones’ ‘Satan Sisters’ About ‘View’-Like Daytime Talk Show Picked Up to Series at VH1
VH1 has picked up a one-hour scripted series inspired by “The View” host Star Jones’ 2011 book “Satan’s Sisters,” the network announced on Thursday. “Satan’s Sisters” follows the drama surrounding fictional ladies’ talk show “The Lunch Hour,” before and behind the scenes, as its five female co-hosts discuss life, love, family and politics. The show is slated for a 2017 premiere, and will be executive produced by Josh Berman, Star Jones, Suzanne DePasse and Madison Jones, and Susan Levison. Writers for the series are Amy Engelberg and Wendy Engelberg who also serve as executive producers, and the series is a co-production with Sony Pictures Television.
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VH1 Greenlights Drama Based on Star Jones’ Book About ‘The View’

VH1 Greenlights Drama Based on Star Jones’ Book About ‘The View’
VH1 has greenlit “Satan’s Sisters,” a scripted drama inspired by Star Jones’ 2011 book of the same name, which tells the behind-the-scenes story of a popular daytime ladies’ talk show, inspired by her time on “The View.”

“Satan’s Sisters” will focus on the five female co-hosts of a popular daily TV talk show and the fireworks that ensue each weekday when they discuss life, love, family, politics and gossip. These women, who all have very different points of view, are best friends and sisters — while they’re on TV. But behind the scenes, they are “Satan’s Sisters” — a backstage world filled with power struggles, personal demons, diva fits, love affairs, man troubles, cat fights and cocktails.

The book is a fictional work of satire, revolving around a talk show called “The Lunch Hour,” which will be the basis of VH1’s show, as alliances are forged, careers are
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VH1 Plans "View"-Skewering "Satan's Sisters"

VH1 has given the greenlight for "Satan's Sisters," a new scripted drama series inspired by Star Jones' 2011 satirical novel.

That book follows the behind-the-scenes story of a popular daytime ladies talk show titled "The Lunch Hour," and is inspired by Jones' time on "The View" where she was one of the most controversial panelists throughout the show's entire run.

In the story, five female co-hosts seem to be best friends and sisters on screen but behind the scenes it's all power struggles, personal demons, diva fits, love affairs, man troubles, cat fights and cocktails.

Jones will serve as an exec producer on the series, along with Josh Berman, Suzanne DePasse, Madison Jones and Susan Levison.

Source: Variety
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VH1 Head of Original Programming Susan Levison Exits

The changeover in the VH1 top executive suite continues, with Susan Levison, Evp Original Programming & Production leaving after two years. Levinson was brought in as head of original programming in 2013 by then-VH1 topper Tom Calderone. He stepped down in July and was replaced by Chris McCarthy, who added General Manager of VH1 duties to his Gm duties at Logo. Last month, McCarthy elevated MTV and VH1 executive Amy Doyle to be his deputy as Evp for VH1 & Logo. In a memo…
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VH1 Programming Boss Susan Levison Exiting After Two Years with Viacom

Susan Levison is exiting VH1, after over two years with the Viacom company, Variety has confirmed. Levison’s departure is one of many recent exec changes at Viacom.

Current VH1 programming execs Jill Holmes and Nina Diaz will “step up” and assume her duties, though Levison is not being directly replaced. Holmes and Diaz will report to VH1 general manager Chris McCarthy, who sent an internal memo to the network’s staff today.

Levison joined VH1 in 2013 as exec vice president of original programming and production, coming from Fishbowl Worldwide Media, replacing Jeff Olde who is now at E! Prior, she was a longtime Fox exec.

At Fox, Levison, whose exit was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, was senior vice president of comedy development, overseeing series including “Bob’s Burgers.” She also worked in drama development at the network, working on the launches of “House,” “Prison Break” and “Bones,
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VH1 Programming Chief Susan Levison Exits

VH1’s Executive Vice President of Original Programming & Production Susan Levison is exiting the position, and will be replaced by Jill Holmes and Nina Diaz, TheWrap has learned. VH1 General Manager Chris McCarthy made the announcement in a memo to staff. “I’m happy to say that while we will miss her on a day-to-day basis, Susan will continue to oversee a number of key projects in development over the next few months,” McCarthy said in the memo. Also Read: TheWrap's TV Stars and Showrunners Exclusive Portraits (Updating Photos) The shakeup comes as fellow Viacom-owned cable network MTV is also going through changes in.
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Season Three of 'Hit the Floor' Gets a "Super Trailer" + Premiere Date

Last year, VH1 picked up its hit scripted series “Hit The Floor” for a third season of drama, on and off the court. The series pulled impressive ratings during the first 2 seasons, finishing as the #1 new scripted series of the summer on cable among Adults 18-49 in its debut season 2 years ago, and ranked as the #1 ad-supported scripted drama on cable among women 18-49 as of last summer. Season 2 of “Hit the Floor” was also popular on social media platforms, consistently ranking amongst the Top 10 most social shows on TV Monday nights on Twitter. “’Hit The Floor’ delivered again with strong ratings and social media engagement in season two, especially among women,” said Susan Levison, Evp...
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VH1 Greenlights New ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Spinoff; Renews ‘K.Michelle: My Life’

VH1 Greenlights New ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Spinoff; Renews ‘K.Michelle: My Life’
VH1 has greenlit another spinoff from its successful “Love & Hip Hop” franchise, which will be toplined by reality personalities Stevie and Joseline from “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta.”

The cable net has also picked up a second season of “K.Michelle: My Life,” which is set to premiere in winter 2016.

The untitled “Stevie & Joseline” series will follow the couple as they head to Hollywood to pursue their dreams of superstardom. VH1 has ordered eight half-hour episodes.

The spinoff hails from Monami Entertainment and Eastern with exec producers Mona Scott-Young, Stephanie R. Gayle, Toby Barraud, Stefan Springman, Mala Chapple, Carmen Mitcho, Lashan Browning, Susan Levison, Nina L. Diaz, Ken Martinez and Vivian Gomez.

“In a summer where the film ‘Straight Outta Compton’ went straight to No. 1, Taylor Swift’s collaboration with Kendrick Lamar topped the Billboard charts and our own ‘Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta’ ranked as the No. 1 reality show on cable, hip-hop
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Watch: First Look at Season Three of 'Hit the Floor'

Last year, VH1 picked up its hit scripted series “Hit The Floor” for a third season of drama, on and off the court. The series pulled impressive ratings during the first 2 seasons, finishing as the #1 new scripted series of the summer on cable among Adults 18-49 in its debut season 2 years ago, and ranked as the #1 ad-supported scripted drama on cable among women 18-49 as of last summer. Season 2 of “Hit the Floor” was also popular on social media platforms, consistently ranking amongst the Top 10 most social shows on TV Monday nights on Twitter. “’Hit The Floor’ delivered again with fantastic ratings and social media engagement in season two, especially among women,” said Susan Levison,...
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Lighthearted Entertainment Continues to Thrive as ‘Dating Naked’ Enters Season 2

Lighthearted Entertainment Continues to Thrive as ‘Dating Naked’ Enters Season 2
Late last year, the torch at Lighthearted Entertainment was passed down from late founder Howard Schultz to Jeff Spangler and Rob Laplante. Though the transition was bittersweet, following Schultz’s sudden death in Dec. 2014, the duo, now co-owners and partners, is keeping it lighthearted — a mantra that fuels the company.

“It’s come quite naturally,” Spangler tells Variety of the leadership transition over the past seven months. “That is really a testament to how close we were with Howard and how the three of us were like-minded in where we wanted the company to go.”

He continues, “The thing that we really embraced is continuing to make great TV that people are excited about that breaks boundaries and that lights the world on fire, and at the same time, from a functional standpoint, everyone at our company is important from the bottom. That approach may be somewhat foreign in this particular business,
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VH1 Renews ‘Barely Famous’ for a Second Season

VH1 Renews ‘Barely Famous’ for a Second Season
VH1 has ordered a second season of reality parody series “Barely Famous” from sisters Erin and Sara Foster, the cabler announced Tuesday. Season 2 is set to debut in 2016.

“We’re so proud of Erin and Sara and the hilarious show that they’ve created,” said Susan Levison, Evp of original programming and production at VH1. “To see the show is to love the show, which smartly delivered on their original goal — to present a humorous take on reality TV and the rarified world of Hollywood. We’re thrilled to renew ‘Barely Famous’ and can’t wait to work with them on the second season.”

The series follows the duo through a satirical perspective of the La lifestyle and reality television culture. The Fosters play two sisters who say they would never do a reality show, but as they navigate their careers and dating in Los Angeles, all while trying to maintain their picture perfect image,
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The Osbournes Reboot Nixed By VH1: Find Out Why

The Osbournes Reboot Nixed By VH1: Find Out Why
Turns out Sharon Osbourne can keep her day job as a cohost of The Talk. VH1 previously announced plans to reboot the smash MTV reality series The Osbournes — which followed the rock royalty’s matriarch, dad Ozzy, and kids Kelly and Jack — but confirmed Monday, April 27 the project has been scrapped once and for all. "We are no longer talking to the Osbournes about a series; that's not going to happen," Susan Levison, the Executive Vice President of Original Programming and Production at the network, [...]
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VH1 Cancels Planned Reboot of The Osbournes

VH1 Cancels Planned Reboot of The Osbournes
Sorry, Osbourne fans. The planned reboot of the family's classic reality series is not going to happen.

VH1 had intended to revive the old MTV reality show starring Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly Osbourne, but the network has now dropped the project, says The Hollywood Reporter.

"We are no longer talking to the Osbournes about a series; that's not going to happen," VH1 programming executive Susan Levison tells THR. "We wish we could have worked it out, but it just didn't come together for us. The family has been absolutely lovely, and we wish them the best. We'd love to
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'The Osbournes' Reboot Dead at VH1 (Exclusive)

The Osbournes won't be coming back after all. VH1's planned reboot of the former MTV reality series featuring Ozzy, Sharon, Jack and Kelly Osbourne is not moving forward, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. "We are no longer talking to the Osbournes about a series; that's not going to happen," Susan Levison, exec vp original programming and production at VH1, told THR. "We wish we could have worked it out, but it just didn't come together for us. The family has been absolutely lovely and we wish them the best. We'd love to figure out a way to work with them at some

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VH1 Pseudo-Reality Barely Famous Gets Supertrailer

On March 18th, VH1 is bringing you Erin and Sara Foster‘s Barely Famous, a mocku-docu-something-reality show about two sisters who definitely do not want to be on a reality show.

Take a look at the supertrailer below, and get a feel for not only the harsh look at reality shows you’ll be getting, but also several of the guest stars who will be appearing on the show.

It’s not that this general idea hasn’t come our way before, including in the form of shows like Burning Love, but I don’t think we’ve had quite as blunt an effort that specifically took on the “We’re just famous,” sub-genre.

Potentially, this one could be hilarious, and I’ll let you know a little closer to the air date, but let me know what you think about the idea.

In “ Barely Famous,” Erin and Sara portray
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