Universal Studios Network Programming president Barbara Fisher will take over
the programming reigns at Lifetime Television beginning June 3, the company
Fisher, a 15-year Universal veteran, replaces former Lifetime executive vice
president of entertainment Dawn Tarnofsky-Ostroff, who left earlier this year to
become president of United Paramount Network Entertainment.
Fisher will oversee all scheduling, programming and production for the
female-targeted network, which remains the No. 1-rated primetime basic
She will also be responsible for Lifetime's digital services -- Lifetime
Movie Network and Lifetime Real Women.
Fisher will be based in Los Angeles.
While at Universal, she was responsible for launching such successful
primetime sitcoms as Just Shoot Me and The Steve Harvey Show.
'I am thrilled that Barbara is joining the Lifetime family,' Lifetime
Entertainment Services president and CEO Carole Black said. 'I am confident that
with Barbara's talent, vision and leadership skills, all three Lifetime networks
will continue to thrive.'
Fisher said she's not looking to tinker much with the programming success of
Lifetime in the near term. 'I'd be foolish to make any major changes,' she
added. 'I know how hard it is to make successful original series, and I think
Lifetime has done an outstanding job with its drama and reality
She did say the network will continue to pursue the development of dramatic
series and movies, which have been the staple of its original-programming
Fisher also mentioned a desire to build upon the network's reality
programming shows such as Intimate Portrait. 'Reality is something that I
want to make a priority,' she said.
While Fisher has had success developing sitcoms for broadcast television, she
said she won't aggressively pursue comedy series for Lifetime, although she
wouldn't rule out a future comedy pilot.