Lion Television is expanding its development division in the U.S., naming four-time Emmy-winning producer Lauren Deen as the new SVP of development, alongside Stan Hsue who has been upped to the same title.
The announcement comes from Tony Tackaberry, CEO of Lion USA, one of nine production companies under the All3Media America banner.
In their new roles, Deen and Hsue will drive all aspects of the development process, including generating fresh and original content, identifying and signing new talent, and creating development materials.
Deen will specifically focus on the food and lifestyle genre, while Hsue will focus on crime and factual programming.
The move comes as Lion looks to increase its development output in factual programming, but with a focus on lifestyle and crime. In the past 12 months, the company has sold nine series, including Junk Food Flip, Six Degrees of Murder and Deadliest Decade, according to a company statement.
Deen, who is also a New York Times best-selling author, has had notable success in creating original content and expanding and repackaging digital content for broadcast television. She was most recently the SVP of development and executive producer at Leftfield Entertainment’s Loud TV where she developed and executive produced original television projects such as Food Porn, Holy & Hungry, Food Paradise International and digital series for nytimes.com and Bravo.
Prior to Loud, Deen was the VP of original lifestyle programming and development for Leopard Films USA where she developed, sold and executive produced original cable, digital and branded series for Scripps, TLC, YouTube and Yahoo and served as a long-time senior producer for Martha Stewart’s syndicated show and development and repackage division.
Hsue has been with Lion TV since 2008. During that time, he has spearheaded the development of series such as Six Degrees of Murder, The 1980s: The Deadliest Decade, Deadly Devotion, Dead on Arrival and Blood Feuds. He has also developed series, specials and pilots for a variety of networks including MTV, PBS, National Geographic Wild, TLC and Travel.
“Lion TV has had tremendous success in the food, lifestyle and crime spaces over the last few years and we’re excited to welcome Lauren to the team and celebrate Stan’s successes with the company” said Tackaberry in a statement.