OWN names Rita Mullin EVP of programming and development

The 16-year Discovery Communications veteran (pictured) had been acting head of programming at OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network since February.
October 1, 2012

Discovery Communications veteran Rita Mullin has been named executive VP of programming and development for U.S. cable net OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network.

Mullin had been acting head of programming for the network since February, and will continue to oversee program development and current programming there. She reports to OWN presidents Sheri Salata and Erik Logan.

“Rita seamlessly joined the OWN team and has been a fantastic asset in helping to develop entertaining and brand-defining programming for the network,” said Salata in a statement. “Her proven track record of creating some of cable television’s most popular programs is invaluable as we continue to build our lineup of original series.”

At OWN, projects she has overseen include Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s, Married to the Army: Alaska and Six Little McGhees, in addition to more than 20 pilots currently in development.

Mullin has been with Discovery Communications for 16 years. Before OWN, she was senior VP of content strategy for Discovery Fit & Health. Prior to that, she headed up the East Coast development team for TLC as senior VP of development.

Projects she was responsible for developing at TLC included Long Island Medium, Sister Wives and The Little Couple.

Before TLC, she was VP of development for Discovery Health Channel. There, she developed such series and specials as Jon & Kate Plus 8 and Dr. G: Medical Examiner.


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