Kevin Bennett has been named SVP Programming and Research, ID, Military Channel and Planet Green. It marks Bennett’s return to ID, aka Investigation Discovery, which he helped launch four years ago. His hire is part of a new management structure in which Bennett will lead a newly centralized programming, scheduling and research division across the three brands and will oversee development for ID.
Tom Huffman, formerly of Shed Media, has joined VH1 as VP Original Programming. He will step into to the network executive producer role for VH1’s Basketball Wives, which he developed and originally pitched to VH1 in 2009 when he was at Shed.
With Coast Guard Alaska debuting November 9, the Weather Channel has greenlighted another “guard” reality series, Lifeguard! Premiering in February, the 13-epiosde half-hour docudrama, produced by LMNO Prods, follows the men and women who guard the 150 miles of California coastline.
Who didn’t see that coming? Reality star Kim Kardashian this morning filed for divorce, two months after her $20 million wedding to Kris Humphries ($280,000 for every day of marriage) and two weeks after her highly rated two-part E! wedding special, which was preceded by a wall-to-wall media blitz. “All of us at E! are surprised and saddened by this news, and we send our support to Kim and Kris at this difficult time,” the network home of the Kardashian clan said in a statement. While most such statements only fake surprise, this one seems genuine as E! was left flatfooted this morning, scooped by TMZ on the news of its biggest star filing for divorce. But the network’s executives are probably already looking ahead with plans for Keeping Up With The Kardashians: The Divorce Special.