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CBS TV’s Susan Levison climbs the top ropes, lands at WWE Studios

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has named former CBS Television Studios executive Susan Levison as SVP and head of WWE Studios. In the new post, Levison will have oversight of the multi-platform content ...
March 26, 2019

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has named former CBS Television Studios executive Susan Levison as SVP and head of WWE Studios.

In the new post, Levison will have oversight of the multi-platform content division and its growing slate of scripted and non-scripted series, documentaries, feature films and animated programming. She reports directly into WWE co-president Michelle Wilson.

Unscripted productions stemming from WWE Studios include E!’s Total Divas and Total Bellas, USA Network’s Miz & Mrs., and a raft of documentaries in partnership with HBO and ESPN.

Levison boards the Stamford, Connecticut-based entertainment company from CBS Television Studios, where she most recently served as SVP of alternative programming. There, she oversaw all unscripted development and production across cable, streaming and digital platforms.

Prior to CBS, Levison was EVP of original programming and production at VH1, responsible for more than 350 hours of original programming and development each year. During that time, Levison launched unscripted success Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood. Before that, she helped to launch Vin Di Bona and Bruce Gersh‘s FishBowl Worldwide Media, where she developed, sold and produced scripted and unscripted series for Bravo, Discovery, TruTV, Animal Planet, Fuse and VH1.

Levison began her career at Fox Broadcasting Company in the alternative development, working across such series as American IdolTemptation Island and The Simple Life.

“I’m thrilled to have Susan at the helm of WWE Studios given her vast relationships and experience in producing high-quality, compelling content,” said Wilson in a statement. “WWE Studios is making a big push in global content across genres and platforms to reach new audiences, super-serve our passionate fans and further establish the WWE brand.”

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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