Debmar-Mercury taps Alexandra Jewett

Serves as senior vp, programming and production

Debmar-Mercury has tapped syndie programming exec and producer Alexandra Jewett to senior vp, programming and production. Jewett will report to Lonnie Burstein, exec vp of programming and production, who made the announcement Wednesday.

In her newly created role, Jewett will be responsible for overseeing all Debmar-Mercury programming originating from the East Coast, including its new gabber "The Wendy Williams Show," and will also assist in the development of all projects.

"Alexandra has proven herself to be a very talented television executive who knows what daytime viewers want and, thanks to her award-winning producing skills, how to best deliver results," Burstein said.

Since 2006, Jewett has served as vp of programming and development, East Coast, for CBS Television Distribution (CTD), where she supported the launch of the Eye's syndie strip "The Rachael Ray Show" and the final seasons of talker "The Montel Williams Show."

Before that, Jewett created and executive produced reality shows "Operation Homecoming" for TLC -- also serving as a programming consultant for the nicher -- and "Rebuilt: The Human Body Shop" for Discovery Health Network.

In 2002, Jewett launched and executive produced "The John Walsh Show" for NBC Universal. She began her TV career as a producer for "The Phil Donahue Show" in 1989.

Along with its newcomer fall talker "Wendy Williams," Debmar-Mercury licenses into syndication Tyler Perry's "House of Payne" and spinoff "Meet the Browns" as well as "Are We There Yet?," a new sitcom from Revolution Studios' Joe Roth and Cube Vision, toplining Ice Cube. Headed by Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein, the company is now a wholly owned subsidiary of Lionsgate.