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Lionsgate ups Starz exec Alice Dickens-Koblin as Jennifer O’Connell exits

Jennifer O’Connell has left her role as EVP, head of worldwide alternative programming of global content creator Lionsgate. O’Connell (pictured, left) exited the Santa Monica-headquartered entertainment firm to take a senior executive ...
May 1, 2019

Jennifer O’Connell has left her role as EVP, head of worldwide alternative programming of global content creator Lionsgate.

O’Connell (pictured, left) exited the Santa Monica-headquartered entertainment firm to take a senior executive position with a major streaming platform, Realscreen understands from sources. An announcement from that media company is expected in the coming weeks. 

As EVP and head of worldwide alternative programming, O’Connell oversaw the development and production of Lionsgate’s unscripted slate across all platforms, while also spearheading the global expansion of Lionsgate’s unscripted business. Her alternative programming credits at the studio included YouTube’s Kevin Hart: What the Fit, CMT’s Music City, E!’s Model Squad and Facebook Watch’s You Kiddin’ Me.

To fill O’Connell’s role, Lionsgate has elevated Starz executive Alice Dickens-Koblin (right) to the position of SVP, head of unscripted programming for Starz and Lionsgate.

In her newly expanded role, Dickens-Koblin will head up the development and production of unscripted programming slates for both Lionsgate Television and Starz. She will oversee the two studios’ content portfolio of docuseries, celebrity-driven reality series and lifestyle programming.

The company’s upcoming slate currently includes Starz’s critically acclaimed docuseries America to Me, helmed by Emmy Award-winning director Steve James; Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Joe Berlinger‘s Wrong ManWarriors of Liberty City from executive producers LeBron James and Maverick Carter; the forthcoming Leonardo DiCaprio-produced Grant for History; and Kevin Hart: What The Fit, which was recently renewed for a second season on YouTube.

Dickens-Koblin joined Starz earlier this year from Alevy Productions, where she served as SVP of development and production.

Prior to this, Dickens-Koblin was VP of series development at MTV and was VP of alternative programming for Warner Horizon Television where she was tasked with developing international formats and original series for broadcast and cable.

The tenured executive launched her career at Oxygen Network where she developed and produced content in both the scripted and unscripted genres.

“Alice is a talented executive with great programming skills and strong talent relationships who has already energized Starz’s unscripted slate, and she is ideally qualified to move our unscripted business company-wide to the next level,” said Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs, in a statement.

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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