Exclusive: Collins Avenue ups three, hires Johnson, Moreau

LA-based prodco Collins Avenue has expanded its executive team with the addition of former CMT exec Melanie Moreau (pictured, left) and showrunner Sandi Johnson (right), while also promoting three internally.
January 27, 2014

LA-based prodco Collins Avenue has expanded its executive team with the addition of former CMT exec Melanie Moreau (pictured, left) and showrunner Sandi Johnson (right), while also promoting three internally.

Moreau has been named the senior VP of development and joins the Content Media-controlled company from CMT, where she developed and produced series including Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders: Making the Team, CMT’s Next Superstar, Redneck Island and Party Down South as the network’s VP of original programming and development.

She will work with Collins Avenue’s Michael Hammond, who has been promoted from VP to senior VP of production.

Showrunner Sandi Johnson – whose past work includes Project Green Light, The Bachelor, Hell’s Kitchen and Undercover Boss - is joining the company as VP of current programming.

She will oversee Collins Avenue’s existing slate, which includes Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, a series that she served as showrunner on.

Besides the promotion of Hammond, the company has also upped Lindsay Schwartz from director to VP of development and business affairs, and Kamico Drakes from manager to development director.

The hires and promotions are in response to the company’s expanding production slate, it said, which includes orders for four new cable series and a broadcast network competition series pilot.

“With our tremendous influx of new series orders, there was a pressing need to recruit talent to complement our extraordinary team of hard-working executives,” said president Jeff Collins in a statement.

“Melanie and Sandi are among the best in the business and make the ideal additions to our stellar management team, including Michael, who has played such an integral role in our windfall of riches,” he added. “I am very pleased to recognize Lindsay and Kamico with these well-earned promotions.”

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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.