10:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Alice Dickens-Koblin Replaces Jennifer O'Connell as Lionsgate Unscripted Head (Exclusive)
There's a change at the top of Lionsgate's unscripted team.
Executive vp alternative Jennifer O'Connell has departed the company, with Starz exec Alice Dickens-Koblin promoted to senior vp and head of unscripted for both Lionsgate and the premium cable network. The news comes as both companies continue to integrate after Lionsgate acquired Starz for $4.4 billion in 2016. O'Connell, who joined Lionsgate in late 2015, is expected to take a senior-level role at an upcoming streaming platform.
In her new post, Dickens-Koblin, who joined Starz earlier this year, will head development and production of unscripted programming slates for both Lionsgate Television and Starz. That includes a lineup of docuseries, celebrity-driven reality series and lifestyle programming, such as the Starz docuseries America to Me, Wrong Man, Warriors of Liberty City, Lionsgate TV's Chasing the Cure for TNT, E!'s Revenge Body With Khloe Kardashian and the Leonardo DiCaprio-produced Grant for History, among others.
"We’re thrilled to promote an executive from within the Starz ranks to this key leadership position in our television business,” Lionsgate Television Group chairman Kevin Beggs said Wednesday in a statement. "Alice is a talented executive with great programming skills and strong talent relationships who has already energized Starz’s unscripted slate, and she is ideally qualified to move our unscripted business company-wide to the next level.”
Before joining Starz, Dickens-Koblin served as vp series development at MTV and vp alternative at Warner Horizon Television, where she developed international formats and original series for broadcast and cable. She started her career at NBCUniversal-owned Oxygen, where she developed and produced scripted and unscripted series.
The executive change arrives as Starz and Lionsgate continue to find their footing under one roof. The path has been bumpy, with Starz CEO Chris Albrecht departing. Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that a turf war between Albrecht and Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer led to the former's departure after a decade with the premium cable network.