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DeMontreux to Help IFC Stay Original

8/23/2006 10:41 AM Eastern

The Independent Film Channel, looking to drive more original productions, expanded the role of Debbie DeMontreux.

As the service’s vice president of original programming, DeMontreux will oversee the development and production of original series, both fiction and nonfiction, as well as documentaries and features.

She will also have oversight of specials, including live broadcast events for the network and topical specials; IFC News, reporting on breaking stories and cultural events; and the network's long- and short-form packages.

Previously, she served as VP of original series and specials.

IFC’s upcoming original slate includes a second six-episode season of puppet parody Greg the Bunny that will bow in November, as well as the third season of The Henry Rollins Show, during which the former Black Flag front man, actor and singer leads guests on debates about film, music, celebrities and American pop culture. IFC ordered 20 half-hour installments that will hit its air next year.

Also on tap for 2007 are a number of documentaries, including The Bridge, Does Your Soul Have a Cold? and three-part Indie Sex, which will examine the role of sex in cinema.

“IFC is a destination where viewers come for great stories and storytelling, and there are a lot of exciting projects on the horizon that are a perfect fit for the uncut, uncensored network,” DeMontreux said in a prepared statement. “I look forward to taking on this expanded role, and I am committed to bringing our viewers an ongoing lineup of engaging original programming.”