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MTV promotes Dolgen, Rach, Portnoy

U.S. net MTV has made a trio of exec promotions, including elevating Lauren Dolgen (pictured) to head of west coast reality programming and exec VP of series development.
May 29, 2013

U.S. net MTV has made a trio of exec promotions, including elevating Lauren Dolgen (pictured) to head of west coast reality programming and exec VP of series development.

The moves come after the network yesterday (May 28) officially bid farewell to exec VP of programming and head of production Chris Linn, who has left to join truTV.

In Dolgen’s expanded new position, the Santa Monica-based exec will oversee the strategic creation and development of all of the network’s west coast based reality television slate, including Teen Mom 2, Ridiculousness and The Real World.

She was previously senior VP of series development, and will continue to report to MTV’s president of programming Susanne Daniels.

“I have worked with many talented television executives but Lauren’s ability to tap into such a vast array of characters, formats and narratives is truly extraordinary,” said Daniels.

“Lauren’s influence can be felt across MTV; her sensibility resonates with our audience with just the right blend of outrageousness and heart. Producers love to work with her and I’m very much looking forward to working with her in this new role.”

In addition, MTV has promoted Kimberly Rach and Andrew Portnoy, who will now both hold the title of senior VP and co-head of production, with Rach based in Santa Monica and Portnoy based in New York.

Rach has served as MTV’s senior VP of West Coast production for the past four years, while Portnoy has been serving as MTV’s senior VP of East Coast production since 2010.

In praising the duo, Daniels also paid tribute to the departing Linn, who will leave his post in June. “Chris Linn did an extraordinary job overseeing so many shows and intricate productions at MTV and he will truly be missed,” she said.

“He managed the volume with great skill, the challenges with poise and always led with a passionate voice and perspective. He’s a magnificent executive and we wish him well as he embarks on the next chapter of his career.”

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