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Leo upped at Bravo Media, role expands to E! and Esquire

Jerry Leo has been promoted to the role of executive VP of program strategy for lifestyle networks and production, Bravo Media, where he will now oversee two additional nets.
February 12, 2015

Jerry Leo (pictured) has been promoted to the role of executive VP of program strategy for lifestyle networks and production, Bravo Media, where he will now oversee two additional nets.

The exec previously served as executive VP of program strategy for Bravo and Oxygen Media, as well as executive VP of production for Bravo Media. In his expanded role, Leo will add E! Entertainment and Esquire Network to his current duties at Bravo and Oxygen Media, and will also oversee strategic planning and programming across all four nets in order to bolster brand value for the company’s lifestyle portfolio. In addition, he will supervise Bravo’s production team, which includes creative, operations and management.

Based in New York, Leo will continue to report to Frances Berwick - president of lifestyle networks for NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment – on matters relating to Bravo and Oxygen, and will now additionally report to Adam Stotsky, GM of E! Entertainment and president of Esquire, for those nets.

In his previous role, Leo expanded Bravo’s slate with a number of scripted series such as the net’s first drama Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce. The exec’s other credits include the Million Dollar Listing franchise, Vanderpump Rules, Below Deck and Shahs of Sunset.

In 2013, Leo added Oxygen to his duties, and led the scheduling strategy behind the net’s rebrand – aimed at young, multicultural women – in addition to boosting the programming slate with 20 original series.

Leo joined Bravo in 2005 as VP of strategic program planning and scheduling, working on the Top Chef franchise, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, Project Runway and The Real Housewives franchise. Prior to joining Bravo, Leo served as VP of program planning for VH1, where he managed the program strategy for shows such as Behind The Music, Divas Live, Storytellers and Pop Up Video.

“Jerry is a strong leader with extensive industry knowledge, keen programming instincts and his finger on the competitive pulse,” said Berwick in a statement. “His expanded role over all four brands enables us to align an overarching programming strategy and create impactful growth across all platforms.”

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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