Jerry Leo will add strategic planning and programming duties at E! Entertainment and Esquire Network to his current responsibilities at Bravo and Oxygen Media in his new role as EVP Program Strategy, Lifestyle Networks & Production. Leo will work closely with research, marketing and creative to set series goals that best support and elevate each network. In addition, he will continue to supervise Bravo’s production team from the creative to operations and management. Based in New York, Leo will continue to report to Frances Berwick, President, Lifestyle Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, on Bravo and Oxygen, and now Adam Stotsky, General Manager E! Entertainment and President, Esquire, for those networks.
“Jerry is a strong leader with extensive industry knowledge, keen programming instincts and his finger on the competitive pulse,” said Berwick. “His expanded role over all four brands enables us to align an overarching programming strategy and create impactful growth across all platforms.”
In his previous role, Leo’s credits include the network’s first scripted drama Girlfriends’ Guide To Divorce, which will soon be followed by the half-hour comedy, Odd Mom Out. He also spearheaded the strategic planning and production behind Bravo’s the Million Dollar Listing franchise, Vanderpump Rules, Below Deck, Watch What Happens Live and Shahs Of Sunset, among others.
In 2013, Leo added Oxygen to his purview where he led the scheduling strategy behind the network’s rebrand, which debuted a new look and programming filter targeting young, multicultural women.
Leo joined Bravo in 2005 as VP, Strategic Program Planning & Scheduling where he scheduled tentpole series including the Emmy winning Top Chef franchise, Emmy winning Kathy Griffin: My Life On The D-List, Project Runway and The Real Housewives franchise.