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Magical Elves hires Hillary Olsen as head of current programming

Tinopolis Group-owned prodco Magical Elves has named TV producer and development executive Hillary Olsen senior vice president of current series. The appointment reunites Olsen (pictured) with Magical Elves, where she holds a number ...
September 17, 2019

Tinopolis Group-owned prodco Magical Elves has named TV producer and development executive Hillary Olsen senior vice president of current series.

The appointment reunites Olsen (pictured) with Magical Elves, where she holds a number of producing credits.

In addition to serving as executive producer and showrunner of Top Chef (season 11) for Magical Elves, Olsen held producing positions at the company throughout earlier seasons of Top Chef, as well as Top Chef Masters, Top Chef: Last Chance Kitchen, Work of Art and Sugar Rush.

“As Magical Elves continues to grow its slate of quality, aspirational programming, Hillary’s expertise in production and development will be a tremendous asset to the team,” said co-CEOs Casey Kriley and Jo Sharon in a statement. “Hillary’s institutional knowledge of the Magical Elves’ brand also makes her an ideal leader to maintain our standard of excellence across all of our current programming.”

Olsen was most recently vice president of development for Our House Media, where she oversaw the U.S. development team.

Prior to that role, Olsen served as director of current programming at Esquire Network, where she oversaw all aspects of production and development for a variety of the network’s original programming.

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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