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MGM Television fortifies senior unscripted team

MGM Television has expanded its unscripted television team. Former 495 Productions development exec Kitty Gambel (pictured) has been named vice president of unscripted television development, effective immediately. She reports into Tricia Biggio, SVP of unscripted ...
April 23, 2019

MGM Television has expanded its unscripted television team.

Former 495 Productions development exec Kitty Gambel (pictured) has been named vice president of unscripted television development, effective immediately. She reports into Tricia Biggio, SVP of unscripted television.

In her new role, Gambel will be tasked with developing and selling new titles across network, cable, and digital platforms. She will also oversee the studio’s numerous court shows, including Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court and the upcoming court series, Personal Injury Court.

Gambel joins MGM from SallyAnn Salsano’s 495 Productions where she served as a development executive for more than seven years, developing and co-executive producing unscripted docuseries and talk shows like VH1′s Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party and The Untitled Action Bronson Show for Viceland. Prior to her time with 495 Productions, Gambel served in a variety of producing roles at numerous daytime talk and court shows, including Maury, Divorce Court and Judge Judy. 

Justin Dudek, meanwhile, joins MGM as SVP of physical production, reporting into company president Barry Poznick and Peter Oillataguerre, president of physical production.

In his role, Dudek will oversee all aspects of physical productions for the studio’s unscripted television titles. He joins the company from Propagate-owned Electus where he held the post of head of production and spearheaded the company’s physical production arm. Dudek was responsible for the oversight of all productions at Electus, including Running Wild with Bear Grylls on NBC; and Netflix’s You vs. Wild, Face the Wild and Terry Crews Saves Christmas.

Finally, Zena Van Ackeren boards MGM as VP of talent and casting for unscripted television development, reporting to Biggio. In her role, Van Ackeren will oversee talent and casting for the studio’s unscripted TV department. She joins MGM from NBCUniversal International Studios where she previously served as head of the U.S. division of Monkey Kingdom. Van Ackeren also served as VP of talent development at Viacom-owned CMT, and at Shed Media (U.S.) as head of casting for series and development.

Both Dudek and Van Ackeren start in their new positions effective immediately.

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