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TLC hires Story House’s Levy for development

U.S. cable network TLC has hired Story House Productions' exec Marisa Levy (pictured) as a new director of programming development, realscreen can reveal.
April 26, 2011

U.S. cable network TLC has hired Story House Productions’ exec Marisa Levy (pictured) as a new director of programming development, realscreen can reveal.

Levy joins the Discovery Communications-owned lifestyle channel this month, having served for two years as director of development and sales at Washington DC-based Story House Productions, the indie behind Discovery series Swamp Brothers and 3D special Rise of the Jellyfish.

As director of development in the network’s East Coast office, Levy will be the primary contact for a host of East Coast-based production companies, working with them to develop and shape ideas for TLC.

The move marks a return to Discovery Communications for Levy, who worked in the development team at Discovery Health Channel and FitTV from January 2007 to May 2008. Prior to joining Story House in 2009, she was manager of development at Brainbox Entertainment.

Based in Washington, Levy will report to Rita Mullin, the network’s VP for development. “I am delighted to have Marisa on our team,” Mullin told realscreen. “She worked with me at Discovery Health a number of years ago and I loved her creativity and collaborative spirit then.

“In the meantime she has been working in the production community developing pilots and series for Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery, 3Net, and other cable channels. I’m very glad to have her focusing her creative energy here at TLC.”

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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