Universal Cable Prods. SVP Maira Suro has exited the studio after a three-year stint. Suro headed development for external networks at UCP, leading the studio’s efforts over the past couple of years to expand its portfolio beyond sister nets USA and Syfy. They resulted in two series, MTV’s I Just Want My Pants Back and Lifetime’s Against The Wall, which lasted a season each, as well as a slew of development projects at cable and broadcast networks, some of which are still active. In light of Suro’s exit, it is unclear whether UCP will stay in the business of selling to outside networks. Before joining UCP in 2010, Suro was SVP, West Coast series development, MTV Networks. She also worked for Francis Ford Coppola’s Zoetrope Television.
In other development executive departures, Phil Breman is exiting his post as executive director, development for Disney Channel where he had been since 2008. I hear he is considering several options including one inside Disney. Before joining Disney Channel, Breman was a sitcom writer for six years and worked in the development department at NBC.