Susan Levison stepping down as VH1 programming head

Susan Levison (pictured) will step down from her role as exec VP of original programming and production at the Viacom-owned cable network.
November 11, 2015

Susan Levison (pictured) is stepping down from her role as exec VP of original programming and production at Viacom-owned cable network VH1.

Levison joined the company in 2013 from Fox, where she was responsible for overseeing VH1′s original programming and development, as well as celebrity talent development. She will continue to “oversee a number of key projects in development over the next few months,” according to an internal memo penned by VH1 GM Chris McCarthy.

Creative execs Jill Holmes and Nina L. Diaz will fill Levison’s vacated role. The pair will report to McCarthy.

Holmes, who boarded VH1 in 1998, will continue to lead the company’s West Coast team. During her tenure, Holmes has been responsible for some of the network’s most popular series, including Flavor of Love, Rock of Love and Behind the Music.

Diaz, who joined VH1 last year as senior VP of East Coast production and development, will continue leading the company’s East Coast office. She has provided oversight over the cable net’s largest franchise, Love and Hip Hop. Her television production credits also include My Super Sweet 16, Cribs and The Osbournes, all for MTV.

“In her time here at VH1, Susan has expanded our boundaries of creativity,” said McCarthy in a statement. “From naked daters to time travelers – Susan pushed the network to new levels of creativity on both the reality and scripted fronts. She is an unabashed risk taker and a passionate story teller. We are grateful for her energy and dedication.”

The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.

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