Key Lifetime Development Exec to Depart (Exclusive)

Courtesy of Lifetime

Nina Lederman will pursue other opportunities after overseeing all scripted fare for the cabler since 2008.

Lifetime is losing a key member of its scripted development team.

Longtime exec Nina Lederman has opted to exit the female-skewing cable network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Lederman has served as senior vp scripted series programming and development for Lifetime since 2008. Based in Los Angeles, Lederman most recently oversaw the development of summer critical hit UnREAL in addition to the network's most watched series, Army Wives, as well as Drop Dead Diva and The Client List.

Sources say Lederman did not see eye-to-eye with Liz Gateley, who rejoined Lifetime as its new head of programming in April.

Given the success of UnREAL, sources say that the executive was fielding many offers, though it's unclear what Lederman's next venture will be.

For Lifetime, Lederman's departure comes amid a thin roster of scripted fare. Aside from UnREAL, the cabler's lone scripted series is Devious Maids. A decision on the future of the latter, which unlike UnREAL hails from an outside studio, has yet to be determined.

On the pilot side, Lifetime has Clan of the Cave Bear in the works, with a decision on the future of that project expected in the coming weeks. 

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