TLC names development VPs for East, West coasts

U.S. lifestyle net TLC has named Timothy Kuryak and Alon Orstein as VPs of production and development for the West and East Coast respectively, effective immediately.
October 12, 2011

U.S. lifestyle net TLC has named Timothy Kuryak and Alon Orstein as VPs of production and development for the West and East Coasts respectively, effective immediately.

Both execs report to Howard Lee, TLC’s senior VP of production and development. Kuryak will be based in the network’s LA office, overseeing the West Coast production team and working with the production community, while working closely with TLC’s headquarters on the East Coast.

“Timothy’s extensive experience within the Discovery Communications family and the television landscape at large will help continue the success of our West Coast-based production team and strengthen our presence in Los Angeles,” said Lee.

Orstein, meanwhile, will be based in the company’s Silver Spring headquarters in Maryland and is responsible for overseeing editorial and execution on series and specials, while also building relationships with external production partners.

“Alon has already made great contributions to TLC’s success, having nurtured hit series such as 19 Kids and Counting and Hoarding: Buried Alive in his previous positions,” Lee added. “I’m confident he will continue to shape the East Coast team’s creative and strategic growth.”

Prior to coming to TLC, Orstein was an executive producer and director of development for Discovery Health, Planet Green and Fit TV. He was responsible for development and production on projects moving through the three networks as well as the supervision of the Silver Spring-based production staff.

Kuryak, meanwhile, was previously VP of programming at OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, but left in May 2010 before the network’s launch. Prior to his tenure with OWN, he served as VP of West Coast production and development at Planet Green.

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