Unscripted

WGN America moves into original unscripted programming

Tribune Broadcasting-owned U.S. cable net WGN America is moving into original unscripted programming, and has hired former VH1 exec Tom Huffman (pictured) to spearhead the initiative.
August 27, 2013

Tribune Broadcasting-owned U.S. cable net WGN America is moving into original unscripted programming, and has hired a former VH1 exec to spearhead the initiative.

Tom Huffman (pictured) is to join the network as senior VP of unscripted programming next month, overseeing unscripted series development for both WGN America and Tribune Studios. He was most recently VP of development and production at VH1, where he oversaw 11 series for the including Rehab with Dr. Drew and Hollywood Exes.

Huffman will be based in Los Angeles and will report to Matt Cherniss, president and general manager of WGN America and Tribune Studios.

“As Tribune continues its expansion into original programming, Tom brings a fantastic set of experience and point-of-view as both a producer and an executive, all of which will be essential as we create more unscripted programming for Tribune’s local stations and WGN America,” said Cherniss.

Prior to joining VH1, Huffman was VP of development at Shed Media U.S., where he co-created the VH1 franchise Basketball Wives.

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