MTV Losing DiSanto, Gateley

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New York — MTV programming
president Tony
DiSanto and programming
executive Liz Gateley are leaving
the network to create their
own independent production
company.

DiSanto and Gateley are expected
to leave the pop-culture
network at the end of the year
and form a new production
company, DiGa, MTV officials
said.

Executive vice president of
scripted development David
Janollari is seen as the frontrunner
to take over much of
DiSanto’s duties, although MTV
would not confi rm any details.
Janollari joined MTV earlier
this year, after serving as president
of entertainment for The
WB.

Other programming executives
within MTV are also expected
to take on more responsibilities,
including Lauren Dolgen,
Shannon Fitzgerald, Chris Linn
and Steve Tseckares, network
officials said.

DiSanto, a 20-year MTV veteran,
oversaw the development
of a successful reality-driven
lineup, including the launch of
such hits as Jersey Shore, Teen
Mom
and The Hills. He’s leaving
on a high note, amid a ratings
renaissance led by the second
season of Jersey Shore. Thirdquarter
ratings were 30% better
than a year ago in the core 12-34 demographic, and year-todate
ratings are up 14%.

“Tony is a producer at heart,”
MTV Networks Music Group
executive vice president of communications
Jeannie Kedas
said. “The good news is that he
will still have a connection to
MTV, while at the same time
we have a lot of good people in
place on the programming side
as well as a lot of shows launching
over the coming year. So
there’s a plan in place for continued
success.”

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