Award-winning prodco Ample Entertainment is making three key appointments to its creative team: Anne Hazlett (Supervillain) is joining as vice president of development; Loi Ameera Almeron will serve as investigative producer; and Carter Palmer (Top Chef) is being named as casting director. All three will report to Ample’s co-founders, Ari Mark and Phil Lott.
In her role, Hazlett (pictured right) will bolster Ample’s unscripted slate with a focus on premium factual programming. Previously, she served as director of development at Lightbox, the production company behind HBO’s Tina. During her tenure there, she developed their slate of premium non-fiction projects — most recently the three-part stylized docuseries Supervillain for Showtime as well as several unannounced greenlit projects for Netflix, HBO Max and Discovery+.
As investigative producer, Ameera Almeron (left) will lead the company’s investigative efforts, with a focus on unexpected voices, stories, and subcultures. She has worked on more than 35 documentaries and features across diverse topics for national and international channels, including the Emmy-nominated film Rape on the Night Shift and Trafficked in America for PBS ‘Frontline,’ for which she received a nomination for the 2019 Goldsmith Prize for investigative reporting. Most recently, she was a 2021 Writers Guild Awardee for HBO’s Agents of Chaos.
As Ample’s newly hired casting director, Palmer (left) will be responsible for casting across multiple genres, from lifestyle to adventure, to true crime. She has a previous relationship, with Ample having cast their hit 9 Months with Courteney Cox for Facebook Watch. Throughout her career, she has cast nearly 50 shows including Top Chef (Bravo), America’s Got Talent (NBC), Married at First Sight (Lifetime), The Biggest Loser (NBC), and Celebrity Undercover Boss (CBS) and worked at such production companies as Jerry Bruckheimer Films, Endemol Shine North America and Ashton Kutcher’s Katalyst Media.
“The hiring of Anne, Carter, and Loi represents Ample’s ongoing commitment to hiring the best in class to help develop film and television concepts that feel undeniably new,” Ari Mark said in a statement. “Their diverse experience gives Ample an agility and depth that lets us exponentially expand our development efforts.”
Ample Entertainment is currently in production on several series including season three of 9 Months with Courteney Cox (Facebook), Kangaroos (Netflix) and Murder in the Heartland (Discovery+), among others. The company also recently won an Emmy Award for the YouTube series Could You Survive the Movies? And launched Ample Nature, the first dedicated Los Angeles-based natural-history unit, headed by Australian natural history producer Kylie Stott.