Participant Media‘s network Pivot is making another major change, this time on the programming side. The net, targeting adults 18-34, is pulling its flagship nightly program TakePart Live. The move follows the recent departure of president Evan Shapiro, who launched Pivot, and his replacement with Kent Rees, named general manager.
TakePart Live was a major piece of Pivot’s upfront presentation in May where the network announced an overhaul of the topical program. It moved from late-night to primetime with a new producer, Michael Davies’ Embassy Row and a revamped hosting team, with Cara Santa Maria departing and Jacob Soboroff joined by Sen. John McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain and comedian Eddie Huang. (Huang has since left, replaced in October by Baratunde Thurston.)
“We thank our hosts and producers, they are incredibly talented and we’re already in discussion to work with them in different ways so that they can continue to have a place on Pivot,” the network said in a statement.
Next for Pivot is the premiere next month of its first scripted series, Fortitude, acquired from the U.K..