Cable channel VH1 has cut a number of staff positions. Deadline.com reports that the channel let go the bulk of its New York development and production team.
The story reports that as many as 13 positions were cut. The team has overseen series including "Mob Wives," the piece notes.
"Among the departing are VPs East Coast production and development Brad Abramson and Kari McFarland," the report notes. "The move comes a month after VH1 brought in veteran showrunner Nina Diaz ('Mob Wives') as SVP East Coast Production and Development. She is expected to build a new New York development and production team. Additionally, some of the vacated positions are expected to be filled by people with different skill sets, including some servicing the network’s app."
In a statement provided to Deadline, VH1 said: “With ratings on an upswing and the pace of development increasing cross platform, we felt it was the right time to examine our overall production and development structure in New York. It’s imperative we accurately structure our teams to deliver the content that our growing number of viewers want from VH1 today.”
The report notes: "VH1 has operations on both coasts with its development headquarters located in Los Angeles where new EVP Original Programming and Production Susan Levison is based."