EXCLUSIVE: IFC‘s SVP Original Programming Debbie DeMontreux has resigned. Her last day is today, and a search is underway for a replacement. “After 25 years with the company, Debbie DeMontreux has decided to leave to pursue new opportunities,” IFC said in a statement to Deadline. “She has made a significant contribution to the success of IFC and we wish her all the best.” DeMontreux oversaw the development and production of IFC’s original series, including Portlandia; Comedy Bang! Bang!; Out There; Maron; R. Kelly’s hip-hop opera Trapped In The Closet, which is returning for a new installment; as well as the upcoming limited series The Spoils Of Babylon, from Funny or Die and Will Ferrell, and sketch comedy series The Birthday Boys, produced by Ben Stiller and Bob Odenkirk. While several IFC shows have achieved cult status and Portlandia has been raking in awards nominations, the network is yet to reach a wider audience the way its sibling AMC has — something the network is hoping for with the high-profile and star-studded The Spoils Of Babylon.
DeMontreux worked for former AMC Networks parent Cablevision for five years before joining AMC Networks’ Bravo and spinoff IFC as Scheduling Coordinator in 1993. She served as Director of Development for both networks starting in 1999, and then solely for IFC when NBC purchased Bravo in 2002. During her tenure at Bravo, she helped develop such series as The It Factor and Queer Eye For The Straight Guy. DeMontreux was named VP Original Programming for IFC in 2006 and was promoted to SVP the following year.