Former IFC head of original programming Debbie DeMontreux has joined Michael Davies’ Sony TV-owned production company Embassy Row as SVP of Development & Programming. DeMontreux, who is starting this month, will oversee development of new projects as well as all programming currently in production. DeMonreux spent 25 years at AMC Networks, most recently as SVP of Original Programming at IFC for the last 7 years, until resigning at the end of last year. Under her watch, IFC launched its flagship comedy series, Portlandia, as well as Comedy Bang! Bang!, Maron, sketch comedy The Birthday Boys, executive produced by Bob Odenkirk and Ben Stiller; and Will Ferrell’s miniseries The Spoils of Babylon. DeMontreux was also instrumental in bringing R. Kelly’s hip hop opera, Trapped in the Closet, to IFC. Embassy Row, run by founder/president Davies, is behind Sony TV’s successful Talking after-show franchise, which includes AMC’s Talking Dead and Talking Bad, as well as A&E’s Bates Motel: After Hours. Embassy Row’s portfolio also includes as well as hit GSN game show The American Bible Challenge and Bravo’s late-night show Watch What Happens: Live.
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