Former Sony Pictures Television (SPT) development and production execs Melanie Chilek and Gerette Allegra have joined Hoff Productions (Hooked, Weird, True and Freaky) as senior vice presidents, development and programming and executive producers for domestic and international television. For more than 10 years, the team ran the first-run syndication, alternative programming and non-fiction division of SPT, representing thousands of hours of programming, including The Ricki Lake Show among scores of other titles. Chilek, to be based in Los Angeles, and Allegra, to be based in New York, will oversee all program development for the company and will also be tasked with broadening its slate to incorporate more female-oriented programming.
Most recently, Chilek was senior vice president, development for SPT and served as the senior creative executive for its reality and alternative programming slate for syndication, cable and prime time television for 14 years. Prior to Sony, Chilek developed original programming for Lifetime Television. Allegra recently wrapped work as an EP on an upcoming Bravo series, Pregnant in Heels, and prior to that was vice president of programming for SPT, where she oversaw the company’s New-York based development and production for 11 years. Prior to SPT, Allegra spent two years as director of development for New World Entertainment under the leadership of Brandon Tartikoff, and was part of the team that developed Access Hollywood.
‘Melanie Chilek and Gerette Allegra have a strong track record of developing and producing successful franchise properties that resonate with audiences all over the world in virtually every genre of reality and alternative programming, and we are excited to reunite them as a team,’ said Hoff Productions’ president and executive producer Michael Hoff. ‘Melanie’s uncanny instinct for strong, relatable storytelling and Gerette’s keen eye for identifying and developing talent make them the perfect combination for developing successful content for traditional media as well as multiplatform programming for our company.’