MTV President of Programming Susanne Daniels has added another senior level programming executive to her team, hiring BBC Worldwide Prods.’ Elli Hakami as EVP of Current Series and Programming. She fills the void left by the May departure of EVP of programming and head of production Chris Linn who left to run TruTV. Based in New York, Hakami will oversee creation and development of MTV’s East Coast reality series, reporting to Daniels. She is the East Coast counterpart of Lauren Dolgen, who heads West Coast unscripted development. The senior exec on the scripted side is SVP Mina Lefevre whom Daniels brought over a year ago. Hakami was most recently SVP of Programming and Production at BBC Worldwide Prods. where she developed and executive produced such series as What Not To Wear (TLC), Richard Hammond’s Crash Course (BBC 2), Americans In Bed (HBO), and Life Below Zero (Nat Geo). Before that, Hakami launched and led Discovery’s New York and Los Angeles development offices and served as head of development when series like Gold Rush: Alaska and Dual Survivor were created. Hakami also was a development executive at truTV (then Court TV).
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