MTV has named a veteran television executive to a key programming position. TheWrap.com reports that the cable channel hired BBC veteran Elli Hakami to oversee reality series development.
Hakami joins MTV as executive VP of current series and programming.
"In the role, she will head reality series creation and development on the East Coast alongside MTV’s executive development team," the story reports. "Hakami will be based in New York and report to MTV’s programming president Susanne Daniels."
In a statement, Daniels said: “Over the course of her career, Elli has built a great reputation for delivering incredibly rich and diverse programming during her time with BBC Worldwide Productions, Discovery Channel, TruTV and more. Her expertise and instincts for finding and developing unique unscripted shows and franchises will be an amazing addition to our creative team at MTV.”
Said Hakami: “I have always admired MTV’s ability to innovate and create break through content so I am thrilled to join Susanne and the MTV team.”
"Hakami comes to MTV after working at BBC Worldwide Productions as its senior vice president of programming and production," the report adds. "In that role, she managed the development, talent and production teams for BBC’s unscripted department. During her time at the company, Hakami developed several popular series, including TLC’s ‘What Not to Wear,’ BBC 2’s ‘Richard Hammond’s Crash Course,’ HBO’s ‘Americans in Bed’ and National Geographic’s ‘Life Below Zero.’”