Dolgen tapped to head reality at MTV amid restructuring

MTV has tapped Lauren Dolgen (pictured) to head reality programming and also serve as executive VP of series development amid reported layoffs at the U.S. cable network.
March 17, 2015

MTV has tapped Lauren Dolgen (pictured) to head reality programming and also serve as executive VP of series development amid reported layoffs across the U.S. cable network.

Realscreen understands that there are still staff working on both coasts, though – as part of the restructuring – all reality development teams will report to Dolgen, who will be based in Santa Monica. The restructuring comes just three months after MTV bolstered its East Coast production and development team with four executive hires. A spokesperson for MTV declined to comment on the lay-offs.

Formerly the head of West Coast reality and executive VP of series development, Dolgen will now oversee development and strategy for MTV’s reality programming, which includes the Teen Mom franchise, Broke A$$ Game Show and Are You The One?, among others.

In the new role, the exec will continue reporting to Susanne Daniels, president of programming for MTV. Dolgen will also remain a counterpart to Mina Lefevre, who serves as senior VP and head of scripted development.

Dolgen is an 18-year veteran of MTV, and has worked in production, development and the creation of various series and specials. She is credited with creating and developing the docuseries 16 and Pregnant, which the net followed up with Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2 as well as the forthcoming series Teen Mom OG.

“Lauren eats, sleeps and breathes pop culture, creativity and storytelling, and her passion is evident in the many hit series she’s brought to air,” said Daniels in a statement. “With Lauren’s expertise and unique sensibility, we know our reality development teams will thrive under her unified leadership.”

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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 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.