Unscripted

NBCUniversal’s Wilshire Studios brings on BJ Levin

Former Vice executive producer and showrunner BJ Levin (pictured) has been tapped as senior VP of development at Wilshire Studios, the unscripted division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
July 20, 2016

HBO Vice executive producer and showrunner BJ Levin (pictured) has been tapped as senior VP of development at Wilshire Studios, the unscripted division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.

The role has Levin tasked with overseeing all development and sales of original, non-scripted programming for the production house. Based in Los Angeles, he will report to Dawn Olmstead, executive VP of development at Universal Cable Productions and Wilshire Studios.

Most recently, Levin served as an executive producer and showrunner over the first four seasons of HBO’s Emmy-winning docuseries Vice. Prior to this, Levin held a variety of positions at such¬†prodcos and networks as Al Roker Entertainment, Stick Figure Productions, BBC, MTV, A&E and Bravo.

Wilshire Studios currently produces E!’s The Soup, Fashion Police, E!¬†True Hollywood Story, Ice Loves Coco and Giuliana and Bill. The shingle has also produced such series as the GSN game show Baggage, Esquire Network’s Women We Love, BBC America’s The Nerdist and Logo’s Scandalicious.

“BJ’s background in bold and daring non-scripted television is what drew us to him,” said Olmstead in a statement. “He has been at the forefront of groundbreaking, intelligent docuseries and will be a great asset as we head into that direction at Wilshire.”

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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