Viacom-owned cable channel Paramount Network has appointed former BuzzFeed exec and television veteran Lauren Dolgen as the brand’s SVP of unscripted development and production.
In the post, Dolgen will oversee Paramount’s unscripted development team while expanding the network’s original production slate that currently includes Bar Rescue, Ink Master and Lip Sync Battle.
Based in Los Angeles, she will report to Keith Cox, president of development and production for Paramount Network and TV Land, when she boards the company on June 3.
Most recently, Dolgen spent a year spearheading BuzzFeed Studios, leading efforts to build out the studio’s portfolio with original development, as well as programming based on BuzzFeed’s IP portfolio. As head of BuzzFeed Studios, Dolgen also oversaw development of original productions for BuzzFeed partners across TV, SVOD and film, as well as the company’s growing slate of original digital series. She left BuzzFeed earlier this month.
Prior to BuzzFeed, Dolgen was head of West Coast development for Viceland, the joint venture between Vice Media and A+E Networks, where she oversaw West Coast-based production and development for the network, including the series Hate Thy Neighbor.
Dolgen has been credited with having a hand in such unscripted hits as Teen Mom, 16 and Pregnant, Rob and Big, Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory, Jackass, Punk’d and The Real World during her nearly 20 years at Viacom sister network MTV.
“Lauren’s unbelievable track record of monumental hit series that continuously break into the cultural zeitgeist, proves she has the perfect creative instincts to take our unscripted programming to the next level,” said Cox in a statement.