MTV Taps Janollari To Lead Scripted Development
Former president of entertainment for The WB network named executive VP at MTV
By Alex Weprin -- Broadcasting & Cable, 1/6/2010 1:51:45 PM
Janollari will be based out of MTV's Santa Monica offices and will lead all scripted programming efforts, including comedies, dramas and movies that can serve as backdoor pilots. He will report to MTV's president of programming, Tony DiSanto.
"David has a proven track record of commercial and critical success as both a buyer and a seller. He has incredible taste and creative instincts, along with strong relationships in this business and great passion for making television," said DiSanto in a statement. "He is the perfect fit for this key role in our programming organization, as we put a laser focus on scripted content."
MTV has been expanding its scripted footprint over the past few months, greenlighting comedies such as Hard Times and Warren the Ape, along with acquiring U.S. rights to the British drama Skins. It has also launched a number of original movies, including My Super Psycho Sweet Sixteen.
"I grew up with MTV and have always admired the power of the brand. I'm excited to help lead them into the scripted series world at a time when young audiences want entertainment that speaks to their generation," said Mr. Janollari in a statement.
Janollari rounds out a new programming structure at MTV, which recently saw Brent Haynes tapped to lead comedy development in New York.
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