CMT outsources TV production to former music chief


Michelle Clancy

| 20 August 2015

Country music-focused US cable net CMT has signed a new multi-year production deal with CMT veteran producer John Hamlin's newly formed Switched On Entertainment.

As part of the deal, Hamlin will executive produce the cable company's music events, including the CMT Music Awards, CMT Artists of the Year and the long-running CMT Crossroads. Furthermore, he will develop new events and specials.

Prior to forming Switched On Entertainment, Hamlin served as CMT's SVP of music events and talent overseeing all live music and event programming, talent booking and label relations for events and series.

"John has contributed a singular, indelibly-strong point of view to all of CMT's best music franchises," said CMT president Brian Philips. "Hamlin is an unparalleled producer, my trusted friend and co-conspirator. He brings new creative angles and ideas into the building every day. We celebrate and support the launch of John's new entrepreneurial venture, and thankful our most noteworthy shows remain in his capable hands."

In addition, two of CMT's senior executives, Jayson Dinsmore and Leslie Fram, will oversee new roles in the music, talent and event departments.

Philips added: "These are easy and opportunistic organisational moves. Jayson Dinsmore, aside from his history as developer of CMT's biggest hits ever, brings broadcast background with events and alternative programming at NBC. My long-time colleague Leslie Fram needs no introduction to anyone in Nashville music, nor to anyone in any sector of the industry. She has cultivated and nurtured music talent her entire brilliant career, and it feels right to bring this key CMT division under her proven leadership."