Chad Kennedy, director of current programming at Warner Bros. Television, is joining Lionsgate as senior VP of current programming. His hiring represents Lionsgate’s increased presence in the scripted TV world, where it produces shows such as OWN’s Greenleaf, Hulu’s Casual and Orange Is the New Black on Netflix.
“The scripted team in our television group has consistently turned out high quality, award-winning series on every platform, including broadcast, cable and streaming,” said Chris Selak, Lionsgate executive VP of television. “Chad’s experience working with critically acclaimed, fan-favorite series makes him the perfect fit for our existing team, which has done an incredible job of successfully shepherding all of Lionsgate’s series from conception to air.”
Lionsgate’s upcoming series include the Epix comedy Graves and Hulu’s sci-fi anthology series Dimension 404. The company has nearly 80 shows on 40 different networks.
Kennedy joins a TV team that includes Andy Richley, senior VP of television; A.J. Morewitz, senior VP of development; and Marcello Bellisario, VP, talent and casting. “The addition of Chad allows Andy and A.J. to further focus on development while Marcello continues to seek the best and most diverse casts on television,” adds Selak.
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Michael Malone, senior content producer at B+C/Multichannel News, covers network programming, including entertainment, news and sports on broadcast, cable and streaming; and local broadcast television. He hosts the podcasts Busted Pilot, about what’s new in television, and Series Business, a chat with the creator of a new program, and writes the column “The Watchman.” He joined B+C in 2005. His journalism has also appeared in The New York Times, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Playboy and New York magazine.