9:15am PT by Lesley Goldberg
MTV and VH1 Set New Unscripted Team Under Nina L. Diaz (Exclusive)
Chris McCarthy and Nina L. Diaz are not wasting any time in getting to work.
A week after Diaz added oversight of MTV's unscripted, the VH1 rising star has formalized her new leadership team.
Eli Lehrer has been tapped to serve as head of development at MTV; Lily Neumeyer will have the same role at VH1; Paul Ricci is set as head of alternative programming at MTV and VH1; and Andy Portnoy will be head of strategic content operations for MTV and VH1.
"MTV and VH1 share the same creative DNA and this team deepens the connection between them," Diaz said Tuesday in a statement. "Eli, Lily, Paul and Andy are at the top of their respective games, and I’m excited to work alongside them, share expertise and ideas, and strengthen these two iconic brands."
The executive shuffle comes a week after Diaz was promoted to help fill the void created when MTV head of originals Michael Klein exited the Viacom network following a six-month run. He oversaw both scripted and unscripted, with Diaz now overseeing the latter. MTV's scripted fare — including Scream, Teen Wolf and The Shannara Chronicles — will continue to be overseen by Mina Lefevre. VH1's scripted, including The Breaks, will continue to be overseen by senior vp, scripted Maggie Malina.
Diaz was promoted by VH1 president McCarthy, who replaced Sean Atkins at the helm of MTV last month. For Diaz, the promotion marked a return to MTV, where she started her career developing unscripted series, including My Super Sweet 16 and The Osbournes. Diaz left MTV to become an independent producer, during which time she developed The Real Housewives and Mob Wives, the latter of which brought her to VH1.
In his new post, Lehrer will oversee all unscripted development for the network while continuing to head creative and business operations for MTV2 as executive vp. Before joining MTV in July, he was senior vp and head of nonfiction programming at Lifetime.
Neumeyer will continue in her role as head of development at VH1, where she oversees unscripted development, while taking on additional talent-driven projects. She joined VH1 in July from A&E where she was vp, nonfiction. Neumeyer began her career at MTV, where she developed My Super Sweet 16 with Diaz.
Ricci, head of alternative programming at VH1, adds MTV to his oversight. He joined VH1 in July from MTV, where he started his career.
Portnoy will oversee strategy and operations for original content production at both networks. He most recently was senior vp production at MTV/MTV2.
Read Diaz's memo to staff, below.