Epix's Head Of Original Programming Exits

EXCLUSIVE: Epix’s retreat from original programming continues with the departure of Laverne McKinnon, EVP original programming and development. Epix — a joint venture of Viacom, Paramount, MGM and Lionsgate — made a statement that it was serious about originals when it hired industry veteran McKinnon, former head of drama development for CBS, 2 years ago to spearhead its efforts in the area. At the time, Epix had already greenlighted its first pilot, Nashville drama Tough Trade, and had several series and miniseries in development. That same fall, McKinnon made the rounds around town, laying out an ambitions scripted agenda for Epix, which included the launch of the channel’s first original scripted offering, likely a miniseries, in third-quarter 2010, followed by a rollout of a scripted program each quarter, alternating between minis and 13-episode series.

Epix continued to aggressively acquire documentaries and concert and comedy specials and became a pioneer in striking an early distribution pact with Netflix for features from the studios that co-own it. But Epix’s original efforts never took flight. And last October the company pulled the plug of Tough Trade, which was to be Epix’s first scripted series. (more…)

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