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Viacom ups Lily Neumeyer; Eli Lehrer departs

Viacom has elevated former Duck Dynasty executive producer Lily Neumeyer to the post of head of development for MTV and VH1. Most recently, Neumeyer (pictured) served as head of development for VH1 where ...
March 7, 2017

Viacom has elevated former Duck Dynasty executive producer Lily Neumeyer to the post of head of development for MTV and VH1.

Most recently, Neumeyer (pictured) served as head of development for VH1 where she oversaw the company’s original programming development slate. In the newly expanded role, Neumeyer will oversee the unscripted development slate and strategy for the two sister networks, replacing the recently minted Eli Lehrer as head of development for MTV.

Lehrer joined MTV last summer from A+E Networks-owned Lifetime, where he served as a senior VP and head of non-fiction programming

Neumeyer joined VH1 last July from A&E, where she served as VP of nonfiction and alternative programming.

At the A+E Networks flagship, Neumeyer developed and executive produced the runaway smash hit Duck Dynasty as well as the Emmy-nominated Wahlburgers and Nightwatch. She began her career at MTV, developing My Super Sweet 16 — a series that is being revived for a new season this year.

Neumeyer will continue to report directly to MTV and VH1′s head of unscripted Nina L. Diaz.

Viacom had sought to consolidate its unscripted teams across VH1 and MTV in recent months following a year-long executive restructuring at the Viacom cable network under MTV, VH1 and Logo Networks president Chris McCarthy‘s purview.

In November, Michael Klein exited his post as executive VP of original programming after six months in the role, in addition to Sean AtkinsOctober departure from MTV as president, and was shortly thereafter replaced by McCarthy, president of MTV sister nets VH1 and Logo.

“Lily is among the sharpest development executives in the industry, with the track record to prove it,” said Diaz in a statement. “She continues to play a big role in driving VH1′s success and I know she’ll bring the same creativity, passion and results to MTV.”

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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