With Lionsgate’s TV series portfolio expanding, the studio is establishing a current department, tapping Warner Bros. veteran Chad Kennedy to head it as as SVP of Current Programming. Kennedy will several direct reports focused entirely on current.
In the previous executive structure, Andy Richley, SVP, Television, and A.J. Morewitz, SVP, Development, had been juggling both development and current. They now will focus squarely on development. In addition to Richley and Morewitz, at Lionsgate TV’s development team Kennedy joins Marcello Bellisario, VP, Talent and Casting.
“Chad’s experience working with critically acclaimed, fan-favorite series makes him the perfect fit for our existing team, which has done an incredible job of successfully shepherding all of Lionsgate’s series from conception to air,” said Chris Selak, Lionsgate’s EVP, Television.
Lionsgate’s scripted programming slate includes recent breakout Greenleaf, which gave OWN its best series debut in its history; Hulu dramedy Casual; Orange is the New Black, now entering its fifth season on Netflix; E!’s first scripted series The Royals, and Nashville, returning for its fifth season on its new home on CMT and Hulu.
The studio also has upcoming comedy Graves, its first original series for Epix; the sci-fi anthology series Dimension 404, which begins streaming on Hulu this fall; Dear White People for Netflix, Lionsgate’s first series for YouTube Red, Step Up, and the anthology series Manifesto, the story of the hunt for the Unabomber for Discovery.