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.”

About The Author
Meagan Kashty is an associate editor of realscreen, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Meagan is an award-winning business journalist. Prior to joining the realscreen team, Meagan was online editor of Canadian Grocer, named Magazine of the Year at the 2015 Canadian Business Media Awards. She can be reached at mkashty@brunico.com, and you can follow her on Twitter @MegKashty

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