Kusbit returns to MTV Nets with CMT job


MTV Networks veteran Bob Kusbit has returned to the company, taking on the role of head of development at CMT.

In his new post, Kusbit will lead all development efforts for the country music network and will oversee development teams in Santa Monica and Nashville. He will be responsible for creating music and entertainment-based programming and oversee such shows as "CMT Comedy Stage," "Trick My Truck" and "Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders" as well as a range of new music video showcases.

Kusbit also will add new key executives to handle the daily oversight of his production company, One Louder Prods., which will continue to develop and produce network, cable and syndicated programs. At One Louder, Kusbit was responsible for creating several series for MTV, including "Made."

Before setting up One Louder, Kusbit was senior vp production at MTV, where he helped create "TRL" and oversaw production on the "Spring Break" series. He also oversaw music specials and series, special events and all studio-based programming.

At CMT, Kusbit will operate from the network's offices in Nashville, New York and Santa Monica, reporting to executive vp and general manager Brian Philips.

"(Kusbit's) brilliant track record of producing network-defining shows will allow us to expand and diversify our slate of original programming while retaining an emphasis on music," Philips said.

Under Kusbit, vp original programming and development Paul Villadolid and his team in Los Angeles and Nashville will remain in place, continuing to develop and produce original projects.

Kusbit, a country music fan, said he isn't planning any dramatic changes to the network's programming but has already "kicked around some ideas" with his new team and expects to be announcing a development slate in a few weeks.

"We'll be ramping up and doing more of what is already working on CMT," he said. "We want the country artists to know that we want to be in business with them, create shows about them and the things they are interested in. We also want to do shows that highlight viewers, the things they are interested in and their lifestyle."