More executive streamlining as part of the ongoing restructuring at Viacom. MTV, which underwent a round of layoffs as part of the company-wide cost-cutting measures, is consolidating its programming development efforts. The network is ending the long tradition of decentralized, West Coast and East Coast-run development, with the network’s 18-year veteran Lauren Dolgen named Head of Reality Programming and EVP of Series Development. Dolgen was most recently Head of West Coast Reality and EVP of Series Development.
Under Los Angeles-based Susanne Daniels, President of Programming for MTV, there had been a shift toward the West Coast, accelerated by the 2013 departure of New York-based Chris Linn, EVP of Programming and Head of Production.
Among the strongest impacted by the recent MTV layoffs was the network’s New York programming team, especially the unscripted staffers. That included Elli Hakami, EVP Current Series & Programming, who left after a year on the job. She had joined last year to fill the void left by Linn’s departure.
In her newly expanded role, Dolgen will oversee development for MTV’s reality programming. “Lauren eats sleeps and breathes pop culture, creativity, and storytelling, and her passion is evident in the many hit series she’s brought to air,” said Daniels.
Dolgen’s counterpart on the scripted side is Mina Lefevre, SVP and Head of Scripted Development. Both are based at MTV’s offices in Santa Monica and will continue to report to Daniels.