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MTV, VH1 solidify unscripted teams

Just a week after MTV announced the promotion of Nina L. Diaz as head of unscripted for MTV and VH1, the Viacom-owned millennial-focused brands have announced the team that will ...
December 6, 2016

Just a week after MTV announced the promotion of Nina L. Diaz as head of unscripted for MTV and VH1, the Viacom-owned millennial-focused brands have announced the team that will report to Diaz.

Eli Lehrer (pictured) is the new head of development for MTV while Lily Neumeyer will fulfill the same rule for VH1. The new head of alternative programming for both channels is Paul Ricci, while Andy Portnoy takes on the role of head of strategic content operations, also for both brands.

The bridging of the unscripted teams across both MTV and VH1 is a deliberate effort to deepen the “connection between them,” explained Diaz in a release.

Lehrer will maintain his role as executive VP at MTV2, while additionally heading development for unscripted programming at MTV. He is credited with developing hit series like The Rap Game and Bring It! for his previous employer Lifetime, where he was senior VP and head of non-fiction programming.

In her new role at VH1, Neumeyer will also be building talent-focused projects. Like Lehrer, she joined Viacom in July this year, coming to the company from A&E where she was VP of nonfiction and alternative programming. Most notably, she exec produced A&E’s Duck Dynasty, the hit show that was recently announced to be in its last season.

Ricci, who joined VH1 from MTV in July, has been credited for developing such hit shows as Guy Code, Girl Code and Nick Cannon Presents: Wild N’ Out. He is currently working on Hip Hop Squares in partnership with Ice Cube for VH1.

Portnoy comes to his new role as a Viacom oldtimer. He was the force behind the MTV Video Music Awards, the MTV Movie Awards and Teen Mom. In his new role as head of strategic content operations for both channels, Portnoy is charged with overseeing strategy and operations for all original content production.

About The Author
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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