Michael Maniaci has been named director of development at New York-based Pipeline 39 Entertainment.
Maniaci previously worked at KPI, whose assets were recently acquired by Pipeline 39, where he developed series and specials including Animal Planet’s Mud Lovin’ Rednecks and Flea Man for National Geographic. He also worked with then-KPI president and CEO Vinnie Kralyevich, who is currently the president and CEO of Pipeline 39.
In his new role, he will oversee the development slate for Pipeline 39, with a focus on character-driven series and talent-based programming. Maniaci reports directly to Kralyevich.
Prior to KPI, Maniaci worked as production coordinator and production assistant for David Letterman’s Worldwide Pants.
“Pipeline 39 is all about finding and securing character-based talent quickly, which is what Mike excels at,” Kralyevich said. “Additionally, Mike works with selecting the production teams best suited to produce quality demos, which are becoming increasingly polished as the networks raise the bar for the exceptional talent they seek.”