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Lighthearted names LaPlante for senior development role

Lighthearted Entertainment, the production company behind Extreme Makeover and The Moment of Truth, has appointed Rob LaPlante (pictured) as senior VP of development, joining the indie from Berman Braun.
November 23, 2011

Lighthearted Entertainment, the production company behind Extreme Makeover and The Moment of Truth, has appointed Rob LaPlante (pictured) as senior VP of development, joining the indie from Berman Braun.

The prodco has also promoted Jeff Spangler from director of development to VP of development. LaPlante will lead the development team, comprised of Spangler – who has been with Lighthearted for the past five years – Billy Simmons and Amy Robertson.

“Rob is the perfect person to take the reins of development and usher us into our 20th year in the entertainment business,” said Howard Schultz, Lighthearted Entertainment CEO and executive producer.

LaPlante added: “Howard’s reputation for unique ideas and cutting edge television clearly comes from strong internal development, and I can’t wait to add to the creative process and build upon the foundation of his previous success.”

Prior to Berman Braun, LaPlante was at Tijuana Entertainment, where he spent two years as VP of development and two years as VP of current programs.

He was the creator and executive producer for two seasons of A&E’s Obsessed, and served as executive producer on three seasons of MTV’s Is She Really Going Out with Him?

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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