Food and lifestyle TV producer, chef and New York Times bestselling author Lauren Deen has been named associate vice president of development for Leopard Films USA, and will head up the new food division of the company.
In her role, she will oversee all aspects of development and production, and serve as executive producer on all of its programming.
Deen has already begun production on a new series for Cooking Channel and a pilot for Food Network. She is also prepping various food and lifestyle projects for a number of other networks for the New York-based prodco, which is part of London-headquartered super-indie Argonon.
Her directing, producing and developing credits include Grill It! With Bobby Flay and Next Food Network Star for Food Network; Foodography with Mo Rocca, My Grandmother’s Ravioli, and Drink Up! for Cooking Channel; and Cook Yourself Thin for Lifetime.
She also served as executive producer, in conjunction with Electus, on Brothers Green and Casserole Queens, two limited-run series for the YouTube channel Hungry.
Deen is also the author of the books Cook Yourself Thin, Cook Yourself Thin Faster, Kitchen Playdates, and The Meatball Shop.
“With her immense talent, drive and work ethic, Lauren Deen has set the standard for creating and producing food-oriented programming,” said Leopard Films USA president Nick Rigg. “Working with such icons as Martha Stewart and Bobby Flay, Lauren is one of the reasons the food TV genre has exploded in recent years.”