MTV has promoted Jackie French to SVP series development. French, described as a driving force behind such MTV hits as Jersey Shore and The Real World, will continue to oversee creative development and production on a number of MTV series, including Jersey Shore, on which she serves as an executive producer, and The Real World, now in its 25th season. French, previously VP, MTV series production, reports to Chris Linn, EVP, MTV Programming and Head of Production.
Spike TV has named Chris Rantamaki VP original series. He will oversee the development of non-scripted series, reporting to Sharon Levy, EVP, original series and animation. Rantamaki comes from Discovery Channel, where he was VP of production and oversaw such series as Auction Kings, The Colony, Howe & Howe Tech and Gang Wars.