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Sundance Appoints Chapple Vice President of Programming

Sundance Channel has named Mala Chapple vice president of original programming and production.

Chapple will oversee original series in production at Sundance Channel, as well as supervise executives in charge of each series. Among the series directly under Chapple's oversight are Spectacle: Elvis Costello with… and the network’s signature documentary series Iconoclasts. She will report to Lynne Kirby, senior vice president of original programming and development.

Chapple has over 15 years of television experience, with producing credits that include the Emmy-nominated The Awful Truth with Michael Moore, Xanadu: In Search of Domestic Perfection, and History’s Deadly Seas, which she also directed.

In 2002, she co-founded Borderline Productions, a company that creates and produces nonfiction television programs recognized for their intelligence and humor as well as being politically savvy and edgy. During her four years at Borderline, Chapple was the executive producer for two seasons of Sundance Channel’s The Al Franken Show, producer and executive producer for Insomniac with Dave Attell and executive producer for the pilot of Morgan Spurlock’s 30 Days.

She was also responsible for directing all business activities including the creation of business and sales plans, establishing an infrastructure, and overseeing video production from development through delivery.  Since last November, she acted as a consultant for Sundance Channel where she managed development activities and oversaw hallmark series, Iconoclasts, Live from Abbey Road and Spectacle Elvis Costello with…

“Mala’s expertise in television programming has been a true asset to the success of Sundance Channel’s original series Iconoclasts and Spectacle: Elvis Costello Presents,” Kirby said in a statement. “We’re confident that she will continue to parlay her experience into the development and success of our other originals and documentaries, and we look forward to working with her to reach audiences with a love for unique and independent programming.”