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Collins Avenue ups Aho, Hammond

L.A.-based reality producer Collins Avenue, co-owned by Content Media Corporation, has promoted Mike Aho (pictured) to vice president, factual programming, and Michael Hammond to vice president, production.
July 13, 2011

L.A.-based reality producer Collins Avenue, co-owned by Content Media Corporation, has promoted Mike Aho (pictured) to vice president, factual programming, and Michael Hammond to vice president, production.

Aho, who was formerly the company’s VP of development, now gains production oversight in his new role. Aho has production experience in both unscripted television and documentaries, having launched his TV career in Paris as showrunner for M6′s StarNews and Grandeur Nature.

His other writing and directing credits include feature documentaries Sex Becomes Her and Pierre and Gilles: Love Stories as well as producing credits on Queer Eye for the Straight Guy and The Bachelor. Aho also served as showrunner on TLC’s Take Home Chef.

Formerly executive-in-charge of production, Hammond’s new role as vice president, production will see him responsible for a slate of new and returning programming.

Hammond had joined Collins Avenue after working with Reveille on the NBC series Losing It with Jillian starring fitness expert Jillian Michaels. Previously, he served as a line producer for Hell’s Kitchen, starring celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay, for FOX/Granada America, and produced seven seasons of The Amazing Race for CBS/World Race Productions.

“These promotions represent the tremendous contributions Mike and Michael have made to this company with their incredible vision and execution,” said Collins Avenue head Jeff Collins.

The announcements follows Collins Avenue securing pickups of two new series. Lifetime has ordered the one-hour docu-series Dance Moms, and Animal Planet commissioned an eight-episode order of Stuffed (w/t), a new taxidermist docu-series premiering in the fourth quarter of 2011.

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