Elli Hakami comes to MTV

Most recently SVP of programming and production at BBC Worldwide Productions, Hakami will join MTV as EVP of current series and programming.
January 31, 2014

Elli Hakami, most recently senior vice president of programming and production at BBC Worldwide Productions, is heading to MTV in the role of executive vice president of current series and programming.

Hakami will oversee the creation and development of MTV’s current reality series coming out of the East Coast office, in partnership with the cable net’s executive development team. Based in New York City, she’ll report to MTV president of programming Susanne Daniels.

“Over the course of her career, Elli has built a great reputation for delivering incredibly rich and diverse programming during her time with BBC Worldwide Productions, Discovery Channel, truTV and more,” said Daniels in a statement. “Her expertise and instincts for finding and developing unique unscripted shows and franchises will be an amazing addition to our creative team at MTV.”

At BBCWW Productions, Hakami oversaw the talent, development and production teams for the company’s unscripted department, working on such series as What Not to Wear for TLC, Life Below Zero for National Geographic Channel, and Americans in Bed for HBO. Prior to that position, Hakami launched and led Discovery Channel’s New York and Los Angeles development offices, and as head of development, launched such series as Gold Rush: Alaska and Dual Survival.

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