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Jen Neal Named Executive Producer, Live Events at E!

EVP of marketing to continue that role while overseeing events like 'Live From Red Carpet' 6/21/2017 1:14 PM Eastern
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Awards show franchises are on the rise at E! with 'People's Choice' coming in 2018.

E! Entertainment said Jen Neal has been promoted to executive producer and will oversee the network’s live events strategy and programming initiatives while still serving as executive vice president of marketing at the NBCUniversal programmer.

This puts her over E! franchises led by "Live from the Red Carpet," produced by Wilshire Studios and Ryan Seacrest Productions, plus the recently announced acquisition of “People’s Choice Awards,” which will be produced by Wilshire Studios and begin airing on E! in 2018, the network said. She will also oversee E!’s live coverage of tent pole events, including “New York Fashion Week” and “Met Gala.” Neal continues to report to E! president Adam Stotsky.

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“Live events have been the heart of the E! brand for over two decades, and with Jen’s appointment we are continuing to bolster our strategy to supercharge E!’s unparalleled red carpet coverage and re-imagine People’s Choice Awards for the next generation," Stotsky said in a release. "Jen is a dynamic executive who has helped propel the network, and I’m thrilled that she will bring her creative vision and innovative approach to this new post as Executive Producer of Live Events.”

E! said “Live from the Red Carpet” in the 2017 awards season has posted 165 million total engagements across platforms, up 23% versus 2016. Ryan Seacrest will continue to serve as host and executive producer of the series.

As EVP, Marketing, a role she was hired for in 2012 amid a rebrand at E!, Neal already directs all marketing initiatives for E!, including advertising, media strategies, creative, brand alliances and promotion across all platforms. 

Earlier in her career Neal was chief marketing officer at BBDO North America and before that was at Omnicom’s PHD.

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