EXCLUSIVE: I have learned that VH1‘s head of programming Jeff Olde is leaving the Viacom network after a seven-year tenure. I hear the parting of the ways is amicable and Olde will stay on until the end of his current contract at the beginning of the summer. Search for Olde’s replacement is expected to begin shortly. Olde has served as EVP Original Programming & Production since 2008, shepherding such series as the hit unscripted franchise Mob Wives and the network’s first hourlong scripted series Single Ladies. Before that, Olde was SVP Production & Programming, fostering VH1’s relationship with the 51 Minds production team that yielded such hits as Rock Of Love, I Love New York and Flavor of Love. He also oversaw the development and production of Breaking Bonaduce, Scott Baio Is 45…And Single and Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew. Prior to coming to VH1, Olde won a Peabody Award as creator and executive producer for MTV’s BIORhythm.
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