MTV ups David Janollari to programming topper

MTV has upped head of scripted development David Janollari to EVP, head of programming, and Chris Linn, EVP of production, has had his role expanded to EVP, programming and head of MTV Production.
November 10, 2010

MTV has announced that head of scripted development David Janollari has been upped to EVP, head of programming, and Chris Linn, EVP of production, has had his role expanded to EVP, programming and head of MTV Production.

Janollari joined the youth-skewing net in January of 2010, coming from the WB Network where he was president of entertainment. Prior to that, he’d co-founded the Greenblatt Janollari Studio with Robert Greenblatt (Six Feet Under). As head of scripted at MTV, Janollari has worked on the U.S. version of the UK hit Skins as well as Teen Wolf and the U.S. adaptation of The InBetweeners. Linn, a 20-year MTV veteran, has overseen production on the net’s biggest current ratings smash, Jersey Shore, and has under his watch the physical production of all MTV series including logistics, budget and all related negotiations.

As for the division of labor between the two, the net says Janollari will oversee the scripted, comedy, animation and West Coast reality teams, and will partner with Linn on East Coast reality development and on potential TV movies that could also be back door pilots for series. In addition to his East Coast reality duties, Linn will oversee made-for-TV movies, news and specials, studio productions, music development and production management. Janollari will be based in Santa Monica, and Linn will operate out of New York; both men will report to Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks Music & Logo Group and MTV GM Stephen Friedman.

‘MTV produces more content than anyone else in television,’ said Toffler in a statement. ‘With David’s professional pedigree and track record in TV entertainment combined with Chris’ creative instinct and production prowess, they are the perfect team to continue our momentum and help take MTV into its next wave of reinvention.’

‘As we continue to expand our development and programming slates to satiate our audience’s voracious appetite for different kinds of entertainment, David, Chris and their stellar teams will ensure we keep pioneering new creative that builds on MTV’s legacy,’ added Friedman.

The team moves in to their new roles to replace outgoing programming and development president Tony DiSanto and SVP of development Liz Gateley, who announced their departure from MTV to form their own production company, DiGa, in October . Practically as soon as their departure was announced, Janollari was tipped as a front-runner for the prexy role.

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