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 Man; Warriors 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.