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Asylum Entertainment ups Lauckner, Lydecker

Happy Valley producer Asylum Entertainment has boosted its executive ranks, with Ryann Lauckner (pictured, left) tapped as EVP and Stephanie Lydecker (right) upped to head of unscripted development.
September 10, 2015

Happy Valley producer Asylum Entertainment has boosted its executive ranks in development.

Senior VP of current television Ryann Lauckner (pictured, left) – who joined the California-based prodco in 2010 – has been tapped as exec VP of the company, while senior VP of development Stephanie Lydecker (right) has been promoted to head of unscripted development.

Lydecker, meanwhile, has appointed former Oxygen VP of development Matt Shanfield as Asylum’s senior VP of development. Prior to boarding Oxygen, the exec served as VP of development at Irwin Entertainment, director of development at Shed Media and development associate with Mark Burnett Productions.

In addition, Lydecker has named Ben Bitonti as Asylum Entertainment’s VP of development, a post he’s held since April. Bitonti previously founded Moneystache Entertainment, where he also served as CEO.

Asylum Entertainment produces scripted and unscripted programs for television, documentaries and features. Its recent productions include investigative film The Lost Girls of Manson and sexual abuse documentary Happy Valley.

The company’s TV factual slate includes ESPN’s ’30 for 30,’ Beverly Hills Pawn for Reelz and Breakthrough for National Geographic.

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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