VH1 appoints Susan Levison head of original programming

Michelle Clancy | 08-08-2013

Susan Levison has been tapped to lead VH1's creative development team as executive vice president of original programming and production.

Based in Los Angeles, Levison will oversee all VH1 original programming and development for both coasts as well as celebrity talent development.

Levison's appointment comes as VH1 posts a strong summer in primetime ratings fuelled by Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta, the No 1 cable reality series of the summer among adults 18-49, and Hit the Floor, this summer's No 1 new scripted series on basic cable among adults 18-49 and women 18-49, according to Nielsen.

"Susan's proven expertise in crafting engaging stories with strong characters in reality formats and scripted dramas and comedies makes her a perfect match for VH1 and our successful mix of music, pop culture, humour and nostalgia programming," said Tom Calderone, president at VH1. "Susan is a highly respected and successful executive having earned a stellar reputation in the creative community with both talent and producers, and we're happy to welcome her to the VH1 family."

Levison was most recently executive vice president and head of creative affairs at FishBowl Worldwide Media. In the three years since the company's creation, Levison and her team sold unscripted reality series to Bravo (Toned Up), TruTV (Upload With Shaquille O'Neal), Fuse (Off Beat), as well as VH1 for its hit series, I'm Married To A... In addition, Levison executive-produced Ultimate Surprises, a digital series which ran for three seasons on Yahoo! She also sold scripted projects to NBC, MTV, the CW and Comedy Central among others.

Previously, Levison served as senior vice president of comedy development for the FOX Broadcasting, supervising the network's comedy development efforts and working as the company's key creative liaison with studios, writers and production executives. She oversaw development of the animated series The Cleveland Show from Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane, as well as Bob's Burgers, from creator Loren Bouchard.

Prior to that, Levison was vice president of drama development at FOX, where she was involved in the creation of House, Prison Break and Bones.

Levison joined FOX in 1999 as an assistant in the Alternative Programming department.

Levison earned a Bachelor's degree from Pomona College and a Master's degree in English from Boston University.