Lion Television U.S., the American office of the award-winning prodco under All3Media’s Lime Pictures, has announced the promotion of longtime executives Allison Corn and Stan Hsue to co-presidents as the company strengthens its U.S. business.
Corn (pictured right) and Hsue (left), who have been promoted from senior vice president of production and development and senior vice president of development, respectively, will continue to supervise the creative process, from development to the current slate, while also overseeing the day-to-day operations of the company stateside.
The duo is charged with curating original formats and cultivating factual entertainment and premium documentaries for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, building on Lion’s reputation in true crime programming, formats and premium docs.
In the past year, Corn and Hsue have spearheaded several projects for Lion, including the recently launched game show Jason Biggs’ Cash at Your Door (E!), which followed on the heels of the rebooted Cash Cab (Bravo). its true crime portfolio boasts more than a dozen titles for Investigation Discovery and Discovery+ including Citizen PI, Diabolical, The Deadliest Decade, Grave Mysteries, The Lies that Bind, Crimes Gone Viral and The Murder List, among others.
Together, Corn and Hsue have developed pilots, specials and series across several genres for an array of networks, including MTV, Discovery, Travel, Food, A&E, Nat Geo Wild, PBS and Smithsonian Channel.
Prior to joining Lion TV in 2004, Corn was a showrunner and producer for the WB, Sundance, WE tv, Oxygen and Discovery, starting her career at MTV within the News and Docs department. Hsue, meanwhile, joined Lion in 2006 after spending five years as the two-time Emmy-nominated head writer for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, overseeing material for more than 800 episodes.
“Seasoned developers and respected producers, Allison and Stan are a powerhouse pair whose impressive track record underpinned Lion’s success in the U.S. market. Their passion for their craft is unparalleled, and with both at the helm, the company is well positioned to see continued growth,” said Claire Poyser and Kate Little, managing directors at Lime Pictures and Lion Television, in a joint statement.
“It’s an honor to be leading the talented and creative team at Lion US and we are thrilled to have the support of Kate Little and Claire Poyser and All3Media as we shape the company’s future,” added Corn and Hsue. “With over thirty years between us at Lion, it’s a dream come true to have the opportunity to write Lion US’s new chapter together.”
The duo had been handling the duties of former Lion U.S. CEO Tony Tackaberry since earlier this year, following his departure after 17 years with the company.
Lion also promoted key executives, including Rebecca Bregman to the position of head of production, Jennifer Silverman to the role of senior vice president of current and development, Sarah Cattano has been elevated to executive in charge of production, Bridget Latino has been promoted to director of development and Kevin McLoughlin has been named production executive and vice president of operations.
In 2019, parent company All3Media “aligned” Lion Television with Lime Pictures, moving its London team to the latter’s offices. The restructuring saw Lion MDs and co-founders Richard Bradley and Nick Catliff named as chief creative officer and chief content officer, respectively, both reporting to Lime’s joint MDs Poyser and Little.
Catliff stepped down from his post at Lion this past September.
(With files from Barry Walsh)