MTV Names Janollari Head Of Programming


MTV has named David Janollari, executive vice president and head of programming, effective immediately.

In addition, Chris Linn will take on the role of executive vice president, programming and head of MTV production.

Prior to joining MTV in January 2010 as head of scripted development, Janollari served as president of entertainment for The WB network and co-founder of the Greenblatt Janollari Studio. He will continue to be based in MTV's Santa Monica office and will report to president of MTV Networks Music & Logo Group Van Toffler and MTV general manager Stephen Friedman.

Linn, a 20-year veteran of MTV Networks, has most recently been responsible for managing Jersey Shore and will be based at MTV Network's New York headquarters. He will also have a dual report to Toffler and Friedman.

Their elevations follow news that MTV programming president Tony DiSanto and programming executive Liz Gateley are leaving the network to create their own independent production company.

"MTV produces more content than anyone else in television," said Toffler in announcing the promotions. "With David's professional pedigree and track record in TV entertainment combined with Chris' creative instinct and production prowess, they are the perfect team to continue our momentum and help take MTV into its next wave of reinvention."

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