Lifetime Lines Up Bulka For Telefilm Development

Lifetime Networks has named Stephen Bulka as vice president, original movies

In his new role, Bulka, based in Los Angeles, will be responsible for the development of Lifetime original movies as well as movies for Lifetime Movie Network.

For the past seven years, Bulka served as vice president of movies and miniseries at NBC Entertainment, where he oversaw the development and production of such telefims as Martha Inc: The Story of Martha Stewart and the Emmy Award-winning musical production of A Christmas Carol

Prior to NBC, Bulka worked as a literary agent at William Morris, where he represented literary properties in both film and television and was involved with such high-profile authors as Dean Koontz, Erich Segal and Mary Higgins Clark. His career also included a stint as vice president of development at Nickelodeon Movies, where he oversaw the company’s first slate of theatricals, including The Rugrats Movie, Harriet the Spy and Snow Day.

“Stephen’s wide-ranging experience in the television movie arena and his broad knowledge of the industry’s producers make him ideal for this position,” said Tanya Lopez, senior vice president, original movies, Lifetime Networks, to whom he will report, in a statement. “I’m thrilled to have Stephen on board as we continue to build on our solid slate of movies for ’08 and beyond.”

Lifetime’s extensive movie slate for 2008 includes: Queen Sized, starring Hairspray’s Nikki Blonsky airing January 12; Racing for Time, starring Charles S. Dutton airing February 16; and Wisegal,starring Alyssa Milano, James Caan and Jason Gedrick.

On Lifetime Movie Network, its first-ever original four-hour miniseries, The Capture of the Green River Killer, starring Tom Cavanagh, Amy Davidson, Sharon Lawrence, James Russo and James Marsters, is scheduled to premiere in the  first quarter.