Multinational media and entertainment company Entertainment One (eOne) has elevated long-time executive Tara Long to president of global unscripted television.
Based in Los Angeles, Long will continue to drive the global expansion of eOne’s unscripted business while building on the successes of such unscripted series as WE tv’s Growing Up Hip Hop franchise; MTV’s Ex on the Beach and Siesta Key; BET’s Hustle in Brooklyn, Death Row Chronicles; and A&E’s Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G. as well as the Emmy-nominated LA Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later.
Long joined eOne in 2012 to launch the company’s U.S. unscripted programming business, and oversaw all aspects of division with a focus on further developing, growing and diversifying its burgeoning pipeline, relationships and scope. In addition, she was responsible for managing all TV development and productions in the alternative space on behalf of eOne and selling shows to U.S. network partners.
Under Long, the eOne’s current unscripted partner network includes the Emmy-nominated producers Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez‘s Creature Films; Matthew Anderson and Nate Greens Purveyors of POP; Joseph Freed and Allison Berkley‘s Marwar Junction Productions; David Solomini and Philip Segal‘s Crush+Lab; and Simon Howley and Jon-Barrie Waddell‘s Fired Up Films. Further partnerships include David Ayer, will.i.am, Drake, Jermaine Dupri, Vivica A. Fox, Tommy Mottola, Master P. and Nelly.
The news follows November’s announcement that eOne had bolstered its alternative programming team under Long with the hiring of former T Group Productions executive David Kelleher as SVP of production and operations of alternative programming for television.
“Tara is a force in the industry and continues to hit it out of the park with an incredible track record of bold new series and commissions, and the roster of creative talent she brings into eOne,” said eOne’s Mark Gordon, president and chief content officer, film and television, in a statement. “Series after series, talent is drawn to her drive to tackle big ideas and commitment to collaboration.”