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VH1 lays off 13 staff from New York team

U.S. net VH1 is letting go of 13 staff, including production and development execs Brad Abramson and Kari McFarland, with the majority of lay-offs coming from the New York office.
April 22, 2014

U.S. net VH1 is letting go of 13 staff from its New York production and development team.

A VH1 spokesperson confirmed to realscreen that VPs of East Coast production and development Brad Abramson and Kari McFarland are among those being laid-off.

VH1 added that some team members in New York will remain, and development will continue.  

Realscreen also received confirmation that former Mob Wives showrunner Nina Diaz, who joined VH1 last month as senior VP of East Coast production and development, is expected to rebuild the New York production and development team. The positions are expected to be filled by executives with different skill sets, such as managing the network’s app.

“With ratings on an upswing and the pace of development increasing cross platform, we felt it was the right time to examine our overall production and development structure in New York,” said VH1 in a statement . “It’s imperative we accurately structure our teams to deliver the content that our growing number of viewers want from VH1 today.”

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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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