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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.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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