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KEITH COX PROMOTED TO PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT AND PRODUCTION FOR TV LAND

New York, NY – Sept. 14, 2016 – Keith Cox has been promoted to President, Development and Production for TV Land, it was announced today by Cyma Zarghami, President of Viacom’s Kids and Family Group, which includes TV Land, CMT and Nickelodeon. Cox, who was most recently Executive Vice President of Development and Original Programming for the network, will continue to be based in Los Angeles and report to Zarghami.

 

“Keith has been instrumental in shaping TV Land's original series over the last 10 years, first by bringing ‘Hot in Cleveland’ to the network in 2010, and by continuing to attract top-tier creative and talent from across the industry,” said Zarghami. “He has helped put the network on the map as a premier destination for quality original series through his strategic leadership of content development and his keen eye for creators and stories with a distinct point of view. Led by shows like ‘Younger’ and ‘Teachers,’ it’s exciting to see TV Land’s content pipeline connect to new and entirely different audiences.”

 

The marquee series in TV Land’s reinvention is “Younger,” helmed by prolific and renowned television creator Darren Star, and starring Sutton Foster, Hilary Duff and Debi Mazar. Going into its third season this fall and renewed for a fourth, “Younger” has been hugely successful, and Cox announced earlier this year that he closed a deal with Star to remain on the comedy and develop another series for the network.

 

With top talent in front of and behind the camera, TV Land’s recently announced pick-ups include “Nobodies,” executive produced by Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone, and the Funny or Die-produced “Throwing Shade,” based on the hit podcast.  TV Land is also shooting pilots for an adaptation of “The First Wives Club,” starring Alyson Hannigan, Megan Hilty and Vanessa Lachey, and written and produced by “Sex and the City’s” Jenny Bicks and “New Girl’s” Rebecca Addelman, and “American Woman,” a story inspired by the childhood of Kyle Richards – produced by John Wells, written by John Riggi and starring Alicia Silverstone and Mena Suvari. Additionally, the network has announced a pilot based on the cult classic film “Heathers,” written by Jason Micallef (“Butter”), directed by Leslye Headland (“Bachelorette”) and executive produced by Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi for Lakeshore Entertainment. 

 

As one of TV Land’s executive producers, Cox developed, produced and launched all of the channel’s current original scripted programming. The first, “Hot in Cleveland,” ran for six seasons and is now syndicated by CBS Television Distribution.

 

Prior to joining TV Land, Cox held the post of Executive Vice President, Comedy and Alternative Development at the WB Television Network, where he oversaw all of the network’s half-hour and reality development of such hits as Ashton Kutcher’s “Beauty and the Geek” and 51 Minds’ “Surreal Life.” He was also instrumental in the development of such critical successes as “Starlet” and “Pop Stars 2.” Cox joined the WB in 2001 as Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming at the WB.

 

Earlier, he worked at Greenblatt/Janollari as Vice President of Comedy and Drama Development, and he was part of the team that developed “Six Feet Under,” “The Hughleys,” and the online cult favorite, “Heat Vision and Jack” directed by Ben Stiller and starring Jack Black and Christine Taylor. Cox began his career as Director of Programming during the early days of FX before joining Warner Brothers Television, where he developed several shows for NBC’s powerhouse Thursday night line-up.

 

About TV Land

TV Land is the programming destination for consumers in their 30s and 40s, with hit original series and acquisitions on-air, on TVLand.com and on the TV Land app.

 

About Viacom

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