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The creator of the Vampire Diaries universe has enlisted former ABC Signature drama exec Emily Cummins to serve as president of her My So-Called Company.
In her new role, Cummins will oversee development and produce projects for Plec’s production company, which takes its name from the beloved My So-Called Life. Cummins will be charged with leading development on shows Plec creates and supervises.
“I’ve known Emily for years. We’ve had a lot of good times together as we both grew up from assistants and baby execs into the established women we are today,” Plec said. “She’s smart and driven and fearless — and most importantly she’s a good human. She’ll be a terrific creative partner for me and any storyteller who walks through our (virtual) doors at My So-Called Company.”
Cummins joins from Disney’s ABC Signature, where she previously served as a vp drama development exec since 2011. During her tenure there, she has worked with the likes of Carlton Cuse, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, Susannah Grant, Diablo Cody, Callie Khouri, John Legend, Phoebe Robinson and Reese Witherspoon while developing such series as Nashville, Intelligence, Red Band Society, The Crossing, When We Rise and A Million Little Things.
“Julie’s commitment to storytelling has been an inspiration since our early days in this business, and I’m also an unabashed fan; it has been a blast to watch her authentic talent and vision consistently connect with a worldwide audience. I am excited to join her and the remarkable Universal Television team as we continue to create resonant, compelling stories with great artists,” Cummins said.
Before joining Disney, Cummins was exec vp of Akiva Goldsman’s company. She started her career at WME, CAA and Brillstein Grey Entertainment and previously ran Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell and Kate and Oliver Hudson’s Cosmic Entertainment banner. She also spent years as exec vp at Red Ragon Entertainment, developing movies for multiple studios.
Plec moved her overall deal from Warner Bros. TV to Universal TV a year ago.
Cummins is repped by Ziffren Brittenham.
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