Opatut exits Logo for MTV first-look deal


The head of programming at MTV Networks' Logo is stepping down to take on a development deal with the gay-themed cable channel.

Eileen Opatut, senior vp original programming and one of the architects of Logo since its creation in 2004, is leaving with a first-look deal to produce programming for MTV Networks. In her stint at Logo, she introduced a full slate of programing ranging from drama series "Noah's Arc" to a sketch comedy show produced by Rosie O'Donnell, "The Big Gay Sketch Show."

Opatut will segue into roles as executive producer of upcoming Logo programming, including the special "2007 GLAAD Media Awards," the reality series "Be Real, Rick and Steve" and the comedy series "Exes and Ohs."

"Eileen made her mark by connecting with the soul of our audience," said Brian Graden, president of entertainment at MTV Networks Music Group and president of Logo. "Eileen is a uniquely talented development and production executive and we look forward to continuing to work with her and sharing her talents with the rest of the MTV Networks family."

Opatut is being replaced by Dave Mace, vp original programming at Logo. He reports to Graden and Lisa Sherman, senior vp and general manager of Logo.

In other Logo news, the channel is seeing its distribution grow as a result of a new carriage deal between parent company Viacom and Time Warner Cable. The renewal covers both MTV Networks and BET Networks, securing their content for distribution on digital platforms as well.