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MTV has a new head of programming.
Eight months after Susanne Daniels exited her post as president of programming for a gig at YouTube, the Viacom-owned cable network has tapped Conde Nast’s Michael Klein to take over the position.
In his new role, Klein will serve as executive vp original content at MTV and oversee all of its original programming — scripted and unscripted — as well as development and creative across MTV and its related brands.
Exec vp scripted Mina Lefevre and exec vp unscripted Lauren Dolgen, who had been overseeing MTV since Daniels’ departure, will report directly to Klein. Klein will report to MTV president Sean Atkins.
“Michael is a proven hitmaker with a strong feel for our audience, a keen eye for talent and a successful track record of reinventing brands through distinctive, creator-driven content,” Atkins said Monday in a statement announcing the news. “His leadership and experience are an excellent fit for MTV in this pivotal moment for the network, as we accelerate a new development slate of music and pop culture-inspired programming.”
Klein comes to MTV from Conde Nast, where he served as exec vp programming and content strategy for its digital channels. His credits include ID’s Vanity Fair Confidential, Travel Channel’s Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and Man v. Food; as well as TLC’s What Not to Wear and Miami Ink.
In his role at Conde Nast, Klein oversaw programming strategy, development and production for its Millennial-targeted digital channels including scripted, unscripted, animation, documentary and virtual reality. Under his oversight, the portfolio including Vogue, Vanity Fair, Glamour, Wired, GQ and The New Yorker collected more than 2.7 billion video views last year.
Before launching Conde Nast Entertainment, Klein was senior vp programming and development at Sundance Channel, where he developed series including Girls Who Like Boys Who Like Boys, All on the Line With Joe Zee and Push Girls. During his career, he has also held roles at Travel Channel, Discovery and TLC.
Klein comes to MTV as the cable network home to The Shannara Chronicles, Faking It, Teen Wolf and Teen Mom has been shedding viewers. He joins the network as Viacom has been undergoing a massive restructuring across its cable brands for the past year-plus. Atkins, for his part, boarded as MTV president last year after overseeing digital at Discovery.
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