Transatlantic indie September Films has hired former Travel Channel exec Lisa Mao for the newly-created role of VP of development, effective immediately.
She will be based out of the DCD Media-owned company’s Los Angeles office at Tribeca West. In her previous role as senior director of production and development at Travel Channel, she exec produced reality series such as Man Vs. Food Nation, Bert the Conqueror and developed pilots Deep Fried, Hotel Impossible, Making Monsters and Park Four.
Prior to that she spent five years heading up development at Hoff Productions, overseeing 150 hours of programming for a variety of U.S. cable nets, including Best Food Ever, Speedmakers, Weird, True & Freaky and Ultimate Factories. Prior to her time at Hoff, she was director of development at Indigo Films.
“We are thrilled to welcome Lisa to September Films as the company continues to grow exponentially in the American market,” said David Green, president of September Films USA and CEO of DCD Media. “Her track record, expertise and experience from both the cable networks and production houses are a great addition to September’s development team at a time when we are looking to expand our output across all non fiction genres.”
Mao added: “With such successful reality franchises as Bridezillas and Billy the Exterminator, September knows how to bring eye-catching characters to a U.S. audience. There’s huge growth potential for us on this side of the pond.”