Izo brings on former Fuse Media exec

The digital-first millennial company has appointed former Fuse Media VP Jason Hargrove (pictured) as its head of original programming.
August 17, 2016

Digital-first millennial company Izo has appointed former Fuse Media exec Jason Hargrove (pictured) as the company’s head of original programming.

Based in Los Angeles and reporting to Izo CEO Amanda Taylor, Hargrove will be charged with spearheading Izo’s content strategy while producing long- and short-form content across scripted and non-scripted genres, managing program partnerships and overseeing the distribution of channels and content on new platforms.

Additionally, he will be responsible for all programming on multi-channel network (MCN) DanceOn, which continues as the dance entertainment brand under Izo. Hargrove will oversee such series as Chachi’s World, Every Single Step, Dance-Off Juniors and Dance Showdown, as well as original series produced for Verizon’s go90 mobile-first platform.

At a NewFronts event in May, DanceOn revealed that it had launched the musically-inclined parent company to oversee the MCN brand going forward.

Most recently, Hargrove served as VP of original content for Fuse Media’s FM channel. There, he oversaw original content production and development while establishing brand partnerships and executing distribution deals.

Prior to this, he consulted at Machinima, a next-gen video entertainment network for gamers; worked as a senior manager at MTV Networks handling production and development on pilots and series for cross-platform digital programming; and served as a creative executive at Fox Searchlight Pictures, working on such scripted films as Sideways, The Namesake, Notorious and Juno.

“Jason is the perfect fit to build and execute our multi-platform programming strategy” said Taylor in a statement. “His deep experience in the world of music entertainment lines up with our goals to expand our brand and content strategy into new areas of music.”

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