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Pie Town bolsters development, production teams

The North Hollywood prodco behind Joan Knows Best: The Joan & Melissa Rivers Show has added three to its development team and promoted two on the production side, including VP of production Samantha Leonard (pictured).
January 25, 2012

North Hollywood-based Pie Town Productions, the company behind such reality series asĀ Joan Knows Best: The Joan & Melissa Rivers Show; House Hunters and Downsized, has announced three hires to its development team and two promotions in its production department.

On the development side, the company hired former Synthetic Pictures head of development Nicole Henrich as VP of development; Sarah O’Neil as development producer and Mimi Vengoechea as development coordinator.

“We have an aggressive development line up that spans celebrity docusoap, travel and workplace drama and are hitting the ground running for 2012,” Henrich said.

The prodco also promoted Samantha Leonard to VP of production and Dana Besnoy to VP of post-production. “These are two crucial positions that will ensure the success of our productions,” said partner Tara Sandler. “I have every confidence that Sam and Dana can pull off the huge orders that are on our plate right now.”

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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