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Chris Linn departs MTV, joins truTV

Chris Linn is stepping down as executive VP of programming and head of production at U.S. cable net MTV, to join truTV as president and head of programming.
May 28, 2013

Chris Linn is stepping down as executive VP of programming and head of production at U.S. cable net MTV, to join truTV as president and head of programming.

In this role, he replaces Marc Juris, who left truTV earlier this month. Linn will be responsible for all programming on the network, including the development and production of original programs.

His duties also include overseeing all marketing, digital initiatives and strategic planning for truTV. He is based in New York and reports to Steve Koonin, president of truTV’s parent company Turner Entertainment Networks.

“Chris brings to truTV a remarkable track record of success highlighted by some of the most pop-culturally relevant and engaging series on television,” said Koonin in a statement.

“With his proven ability to reach and understand the young-adult audience, Chris has successfully developed shows that evolve beyond the television screen to become full-fledged phenomena.

“Chris has the strategic vision and energy to take truTV forward in the next phase of the network’s brand evolution as it continues to grow competitively¬†in the unscripted arena.”

Linn joined MTV in 2004 and was promoted to executive VP and head of production in November 2010. During his tenure, Linn helped develop and oversee the production of titles including Jersey Shore, Catfish (the series), Ke$ha: My Crazy and Beautiful Life and Inocente.

Prior to MTV, Linn held various positions at Nickelodeon and Spike TV. He served on the advisory board for this year’s Realscreen West, which takes place next month in Santa Monica.

About The Author
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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