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VH1 names EVP of original programming, production

Susan Levison is joining VH1 to oversee the U.S. cable network's original programming and development for both the East and West coast, as well as celebrity talent development.
August 8, 2013

Susan Levison (pictured) is joining VH1 to oversee the U.S. cable network’s original programming and development for both the East and West coast, as well as celebrity talent development.

As exec VP of original programming and production, she will lead VH1′s creative development team out of the Los Angeles office, and will report to VH1 president Tom Calderone.

She joins the net from FishBowl Worldwide Media, where she served as exec VP and head of creative affairs. In her time there, Levison and her team sold Toned Up to Bravo, Upload with Shaquille O’Neal to TruTV, Off Beat to Fuse, and I’m Married to A… to VH1.  She also executive produced the Yahoo digital series Ultimate Surprises. 

Prior to that, Levison was the senior VP of comedy development at Fox, where she oversaw animated series The Cleveland Show and Bob’s Burgers, and was also the VP of drama development at the network. Before that, she was its director of alternative programming, helping develop American Idol, Temptation Island and The Simple Life.

“Susan’s proven expertise in crafting engaging stories with strong characters in reality formats and scripted dramas and comedies makes her a perfect match for VH1 and our successful mix of music, pop culture, humor and nostalgia programming,” said Calderone.

“Susan is a highly respected and successful executive having earned a stellar reputation in the creative community with both talent and producers, and we’re happy to welcome her to the VH1 family.”

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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