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BuzzFeed appoints Lauren Dolgen to head studios division

New York-based Internet media company BuzzFeed has tapped former MTV and Viceland exec Lauren Dolgen as head of BuzzFeed Studios. Dolgen, whose career spans more than two decades across MTV and Vice, ...
May 7, 2018

New York-based Internet media company BuzzFeed has tapped former MTV and Viceland exec Lauren Dolgen as head of BuzzFeed Studios.

Dolgen, whose career spans more than two decades across MTV and Vice, will oversee the development of original productions for BuzzFeed partners across television, SVOD, film, as well as the company’s slate of original digital series. She will be tasked with creating and developing series concepts, pulling inspiration from IP and BuzzFeed’s talent, including BuzzFeed News and its lifestyle portfolio under BuzzFeed Media Brands.

Dolgen replace Matthew Henick, who left the company for Facebook in March.

Based out of Los Angeles, she will report to Jonah Peretti, founder and CEO of BuzzFeed.

Most recently, Dolgen served as head of West Coast development for the youth-focused brand Viceland, overseeing production and development for the joint venture between Vice Media and A+E Networks. She was responsible for handling current series including Hate Thy Neighbor, a copro with Vice UK, hosted by comedian Jamali Maddix.

Before joining Viceland, Dolgen served as executive vice president, series development and head of unscripted programming at Viacom-owned youth net MTV. During her nearly 20-year career with the company, she oversaw the creation and production of the long-running 16 and Pregnant/ Teen Mom franchise.

Other MTV credits included former professional skateboarder Rob Dyrdek’s Ridiculousness, Randy Jackson’s America’s Best Dance Crew and Bunim/Murray’s The Real World.

“Lauren’s fun, irreverent sensibility, her great eye for talent, and her obsession with pop culture make her the perfect fit for BuzzFeed,” said Peretti in a statement. “Her track record and relationships are incredibly strong, and I’m excited to work with her to capture the opportunity with our Studio business and expand what we can do creatively across all platforms,”

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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