One of MTV’s key top executives is leaving the network to join Ben Silverman’s new production company, Electus, according to the Los Angeles Times’ Company Town blog.
Tony DiSanto, who has been MTV’s president of programming, is considered a key player in that network’s success. DiSanto has been with MTV for more than 20 years, having started with the company as an intern in the 1980s.
Furthermore, DiSanto will be joined at Electus by Liz Gateley, senior vice president for development at MTV, the story says.
According to the article, DiSanto is expected to be replaced at MTV by David Janollari, the former head of the WB Network who joined MTV earlier this year.
The blog says, "The departure of DiSanto will be a big blow to MTV….Under his watch, MTV regained some of its prominence with young viewers." Currently MTV is getting a lot of attention with its reality show "Jersey Shore."
The article says this news was first reported by Deadline.com and Daily Variety.