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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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