Susanne Daniels, the former head of programming at The WB Network and president of entertainment at Lifetime, has been named MTV’s president of programming, effective immediately.
In her new role she will oversee development and programming at the American network, and takes on the duties held by current head of programming David Janollari, who has chosen not to renew his contract after three years at the cable network.
Daniels will be based in Los Angeles, and will report to Van Toffler, president of MTV Music & Logo Group; and Stephen Friedman, president of MTV.
Under her remit, she will be responsible for scripted and reality series, news and documentaries, production and talent. Daniels, who was most recently consulting with OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, has served in executive roles at The WB Network (now The CW), Lifetime Television, Lifetime Movie Network, Fox and ABC.
“Very few people have the talent and instincts to consistently develop shows that connect with young audiences, but Susanne has thankfully kept in perfect touch with her juvenile side and we’re extremely lucky she will now be joining our restless, creative family here at MTV,” said Toffler.
Friedman added: “David played an important role in advancing MTV’s leadership position the last few years – particularly in fortifying our scripted programming strategy with such hits as Teen Wolf and Awkward, and the critically acclaimed I Just Want my Pants Back. We will always be grateful for his contributions and wish him the best.”