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Leopard hires Harman, promotes Deen

New York-based prodco Leopard Films USA has hired former Food Network and Cooking Channel exec Jordan Harman (pictured, left) as VP of development and promoted Lauren Deen (right) to VP of development and original programming.
December 4, 2012

Leopard Films USA has hired Food Network and Cooking Channel exec Jordan Harman (pictured, left) as VP of development and promoted Laura Deen (right) to VP of development and original programming.

Harman, who spent the past six years as director of programming and development for U.S. cable networks Food Network and Cooking Channel, will manage the New York-based unscripted prodco’s development slate, bring in new projects and shepherd those already in the early stages of development.

Prior to working at Food Network, he work in development for cable nets Fuse, Spike TV and VH1.

Deen, a producer, chef and author who joined the company last July, continues to run the food division but will branch out into other lifestyle programming genres, such as style and fashion.

“We see Jordan and Lauren as a dynamic and powerful team, with different yet complementary skills sets, able to work in concert to deliver to our networks an exciting wave of inspired programming for both broadcast and cable,” Leopard Films president Nick Rigg said in a statement, adding that Harman’s experience at Food and Spike will aid the company “as we expand both the scope and volume of production.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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