Marjorie Levy Named Vice President, Development;
Megan Lawrence Named Director, Development
NEW YORK, NY – April 8, 2010 – WE tv and Wedding Central announced today that two key members have joined its development team, joining new senior vice president of original productions & development, John Miller. Marjorie Levy has been named vice president of development, reporting to Miller. Megan Lawrence has been named director of development, reporting to Levy. Both appointments are effective immediately and are based in New York City. In addition, Danielle Ostroske has joined the development team as development producer. She was previously a supervising producer, working on the networks’ slate of current productions.
Levy and Lawrence will oversee the development of original series and specials for the networks. Theresa Patiri, vice president of production management, operations & administration, will continue to oversee current productions, including business affairs, show and talent contract negotiations, budgets, and international and domestic program sales.
"We’re committed to producing well-told stories that are relevant to a modern woman’s life in a way that resonates emotionally with viewers," said Miller. "Marjorie and Megan bring a wealth of expertise and experience to the networks, which will help us create entertaining, timely programming."
Prior to joining WE tv and Wedding Central, Levy launched her own extreme sports reality TV company, Londonhouse, based in the UK. She and her team produced videos for European networks and created mobile application campaigns to promote Quicksilver and a myriad of ski brands throughout Europe. Following the sale of Londonhouse, Levy worked with film and television studios to convert their video libraries into digital media, enabling producers to capture their syndication potential online. She also negotiated deals to distribute this converted media through retailers like iTunes, XBox and Netflix.
Prior to that, she served as vice president of comedy development for Warner Bros. Studios, developing and working on the hit shows "Friends," "Norm," "Jesse," "The Wayans Brothers" and the animated series "The Oblongs" for broadcast networks, and George Clooney’s "Kilroy" with Pamela Anderson for HBO. Levy was also part of the team that helped launch MTV’s original programming unit as director of original programming. Earlier in her career, Levy worked at HBO as manager of comedy development working on such shows as "The Larry Sanders Show" and "Everybody Loves Raymond."
Prior to joining WE tv and Wedding Central, Lawrence was a creative executive at The Weinstein Company where she closely managed the hit show "Project Runway" and the critically acclaimed, Peabody-winning HBO series, "The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency." Previously, she was part of the casting teams for shows ranging from "Extreme Makeover" and "The Biggest Loser" to "Beauty and the Geek" and "For Love or Money."
About WE tv
WE tv (http://www.wetv.com), a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, is the premier source for women looking to satisfy their curiosity with fascinating, original stories and entertaining, fresh content that is relevant to key stages of their lives. Available in over 75 million homes, WE tv’s programming offers viewers compelling perspectives on women’s lives ranging from the ordinary to the extraordinary, presented in a non-judgmental voice. The network’s originals such as the provocative signature series Bridezillas; and critically acclaimed, viewer favorites The Locator – the network’s most-watched-series ever – Amazing Wedding Cakes, My Fair Wedding with David Tutera and Raising Sextuplets, allow viewers to observe and become emotionally involved in the real-life stories of everyday women. WE tv is available in HD and WE tv On Demand is available in more than 30 million homes.
WE tv’s public affairs initiative, WE Empowers Women, is dedicated to creating programs that foster and celebrate women’s strength, confidence and diversity. The network’s newest initiative, WE Volunteer (http://www.wevolunteer.tv), motivates women to become more involved in their communities by connecting them with local causes that they are passionate about and encouraging them to volunteer. One day of community service can make a difference in someone else’s life.
About Wedding Central
Wedding Central (www.WeddingCentral.com) is the first and only 24/7 destination where women, who are fascinated by all things wedding related, can go to get engaged in and entertained by the aspiration and drama of weddings. The network features channel-specific programming that focuses on dating, relationships and weddings, including series such as Rich Bride, Poor Bride, Single in the City, and the popular hit series, Bridezillas; and specials Wedding Cake Masters, Amazing Wedding Gowns and Unforgettable Wedding Venues. Wedding Central, a subsidiary of Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, is available on Cablevision’s iO digital cable service and Mediacom’s digital basic tier.
About Rainbow Media Holdings LLC
Rainbow Media Holdings LLC is a subsidiary of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC). Rainbow Media owns and operates some of the world’s most popular and award-winning entertainment brands, including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel, WE tv, Wedding Central and IFC Entertainment (IFC Center, IFC Festival Direct, IFC Films, IFC In Theaters and IFC Productions). Additional information about Rainbow Media’s multiplatform brands is available at www.rainbow-media.com.