Mansfield to exit as Spike exec vp


Pancho Mansfield is exiting his post as executive vp original programming and development at Spike TV.

Mansfield is set to leave his position when his contract expires in July. He has been with the cable network since July 2005, helping to launch its scripted series business with summer 2006's "Blade."

No indication was given about Mansfield's plans.

As for the reason behind his departure, MTV Networks Entertainment Group president Doug Herzog said in a statement: "After ongoing discussions and as the network's programming model continues to evolve with potentially fewer scripted projects planned for 2008, the timing for his departure seemed right. All of us at Spike TV wish him every success in the future."

Herzog also praised Mansfield and the "highly promising" upcoming shows he has been overseeing at Spike, including "The Kill Point," an eight-hour drama series starring John Leguizamo and Donnie Wahlberg, and "Murder," a whodunit alternative/reality series. Both series premiere next month.

"Pancho's passion and skill for identifying, developing and championing high-profile and provocative projects targeted to men was always apparent to me," Herzog said.

Before joining Spike, Mansfield was a longtime Showtime executive.