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If Kris Jenner is the architect of E!’s hyper successful Kardashian-themed franchise, then E! programming president Berger is the mastermind.
Since coming to the femaleskewing network from Fox in 2003, the 47-year-old mother of two daughters not only developed Keeping Up With the Kardashians for the entertainment cable network, she also created popular shows The Girls Next Door, Ice Loves Coco and Chelsea Handler’s late-night series Chelsea Lately — the most-watched late-night series among the network’s key 18-to-34 female demo, averaging more than 1 million viewers nightly.
Together with E! executives — and despite reports that Handler was looking to leave the network — Berger was able to secure the talk show host with a two-year deal, which includes a first look from Handler’s Borderline Amazing production company (the network just ordered a third season of Handler’s sketch comedy series After Lately and a new weekly talk show from former Chelsea Lately correspondent Whitney Cummings).
The Santa Monica resident maintains that “developing programming that breaks through the clutter” remains the network’s primary focus, including the nine scripted series currently in development and the occasional popculture juggernaut moment.
And a programming highlight from her slate in the last year? “You may have heard something about a fairly high-profile wedding,” jokes Berger.