Christopher Lisotta has joined TelevisionWeek’s Los Angeles staff as senior reporter, covering prime-time network and syndicated programming news, Editor Alex Ben Block announced.
Mr. Lisotta has been a contributing writer for TVWeek since May and brings a combination of reporting skills and television industry experience to his new position.
Before joining TelevisionWeek, he worked as a freelance journalist, writing for The Advocate, The Nation and L.A. Weekly. Mr. Lisotta’s career highlights include serving as manager of drama development at Warner Bros. Television from 1998 to 2001, where he worked on such shows as “The West Wing,” “Third Watch” and “Gilmore Girls.” He spent his last few months at the studio working on the show “Night Visions.”
Mr. Lisotta said he’s looking forward to applying the benefit of these experiences to his work at TVWeek.
“I’m excited because this position brings together two things that I love: writing and the business of television,” he said.
Mr. Block said Mr. Lisotta’s experience in both realms makes him a valuable addition to TVWeek.
“Chris brings a unique skill set to the publication,” Mr. Block said. “Not only is he a first-rate reporter, but he also has the kind of hands-on experience that our readers really value.”
In his new position, Mr. Lisotta reports to News Editor Melissa Grego.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., and raised primarily in Sparta, N.J., Mr. Lisotta earned a bachelor of science in education from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in international business from the University of California, San Diego. Between his undergraduate and graduate studies, Mr. Lisotta taught English in Japan for two years. During his graduate studies, he took part in a summer fellowship program in Vietnam.
Mr. Lisotta joined Kagan World Media as a research analyst in 1995, following graduate school. After that, he worked as a research analyst at Columbia TriStar Television Distribution, then as a development coordinator at Broder-Kurland-Webb-Uffner Agency. After five years in the television industry, he took up writing full time, working as a freelance reporter until beginning to write for TVWeek in May. Mr. Lisotta began regular coverage of network television in July.