MTV president of programming Tony DiSanto, who oversaw the launch MTV's breakout hit Jersey Shore and network programming executive Liz Gateley are leaving the Viacom-owned network to create their own independent production company.
DiSanto and Gateley are expected to form a new production company DiGa, according to Variety.
DiSanto, a 20-year MTV veteran, oversaw the launch of the network's reality-driven lineup, including such hits as Jersey Shore, Teen Mom and The Hills. After several years of declining ratings, DiSanto has guided the network to a ratings renaissance -- the network ‘s third quarter ratings were up 30% over the same period a year ago and that to date ratings are up 14% this year.
Current executive vice president of scripted development David Janollari is expected to take over DiSanto's position, according to the L.A. Times, although no announcements have been made to that effect.
Representatives from MTV could not be reached for comment.