On the heels of today’s announcement that Sharon Levy will step down as EVP original series at Spike, Keith Cox has been elevated to the president, development and production for Viacom’s Paramount Network and TV Land.
Cox will oversee the strategic development and production of all series for both TV Land and Paramount Network – Spike channels’ new name, slated for early 2018 – which will feature scripted and non-scripted original programming.
As an executive producer at TV Land, Cox developed, produced and launched all of the channel’s current original scripted programming.
Prior to joining TV Land, he held the post of executive vice-president, comedy and alternative development at the WB Television Network, where he was responsible for all of the network’s half-hour and reality development of shows such as Ashton Kutcher’s Beauty and the Geek. He was also instrumental in developing the reality show Pop Stars 2.
Cox joined the WB in 2001 as senior vice-president, alternative programming at the WB.
Earlier, he worked at Greenblatt/Janollari as vice-president of comedy and drama development.
Cox began his career as director of programming at FX before joining Warner Brothers Television, where he developed several shows for NBC’s Thursday night line-up.
“Keith has done an incredible job in building TV Land’s slate of strong original scripted series over the last 10 years and reigniting the brand, and I’m thrilled to work with him as he continues to bring his strong creativity and unparalleled talent relationships to the Paramount Network,” said Kevin Kay, president Spike, in a statement.