Lionsgate appoints Jennifer O’Connell as unscripted EVP

Two weeks after the announcement of her exit as head of television at Core Media Group, Jennifer O'Connell has joined Lionsgate in a move that signals the company's further expansion into alternative programming.
September 10, 2015

Two weeks after the announcement of her exit as head of television at Core Media Group, Jennifer O’Connell┬áhas joined Lionsgate in a newly created position, executive producer of alternative programming.

O’Connell will be tasked with overseeing the development and production of Lionsgate’s unscripted slate across all platforms. The company has, to this point, primarily worked in the genre through partnerships with assorted prodcos, including Eli Frankel’s Rogue Atlas Productions and Matt Kunitz’s Pulse Creative, among others.

Before Core Media Group, O’Connell held the EVP post at Shed Media U.S., working across such unscripted hits as Bravo’s The Real Housewives of New York City and Who Do You Think You Are?, which was then airing on NBC.

Prior to Shed Media, she had a seven-year stint at NBC, first as VP of movies and miniseries, and then as VP of alternative programs.

“Expanding our footprint in alternative programming is a high priority for Lionsgate and we’re delighted Jennifer is joining us to help lead that effort,” said Kevin Beggs, chairman of Lionsgate Television Group, in a statement. “She is a highly accomplished executive and an important addition to our senior management team as we continue to build and diversify our television business.”

Current unscripted programs in Lionsgate’s slate include ABC Family’s Monica The Medium (with Trooper Entertainment); BET’s DeSean Jackson: Home Team (with Rogue Atlas); the upcoming Douglas Family Gold for Oxygen; Hellavator for GSN (produced in association with Matador and Blumhouse Productions); and Christina Milian Turned Up, which returns to E! for a second season in November.

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