A veteran creative executive with more than 20 years of experience is the new head of BuzzFeed Studios. The company today named Lauren Dolgen to the post.
Dolgen’s experience includes stints with MTV and Vice.
“Dolgen will oversee development of original productions for BuzzFeed partners across TV, SVOD and film, as well as the company’s growing slate of original digital series,” the company said in the announcement. “She’ll be responsible for creating and developing series concepts drawing from IP and talent from across BuzzFeed, including BuzzFeed News and its lifestyle portfolio under BuzzFeed Media Brands.”
Dolgen will be based in Los Angeles and will report to Jonah Peretti, BuzzFeed’s founder and CEO.
“Lauren’s fun, irreverent sensibility, her great eye for talent, and her obsession with pop culture make her the perfect fit for BuzzFeed,” Peretti said. “Her track record and relationships are incredibly strong, and I’m excited to work with her to capture the opportunity with our Studio business and expand what we can do creatively across all platforms.”
Added Dolgen: “I am excited about the endless creative possibilities at BuzzFeed, and I have huge respect for its teams creating tons of great content every day — from news to entertainment to the glorious food porn to, of course, the quizzes that I can’t get enough of. I love that it’s a place that is playful, but doesn’t shy away from the issues important to its audience. It’s an extraordinary world to dive into and I’m grateful to Jonah for giving me a shot to build on the work of its amazing people.”
The announcement notes: “As Head of BuzzFeed Studios, Dolgen will oversee all original series and theatrical development for the global digital media company. Notable current BuzzFeed productions include live morning show ‘AM to DM’ for Twitter; interactive dating series ‘RelationShipped’ for Facebook; BuzzFeed News’s recently announced ‘Follow This’ for Netflix; and feature film ‘Brother Orange’ in development with Warner Bros. Dolgen will also oversee efforts to significantly increase the company’s slate of original digital series, including hits ‘Worth It,’ ‘Ladylike’ and ‘BuzzFeed Unsolved.’ Original digital series are a fast-growing driver of revenue for the company, with time spent for BuzzFeed video on YouTube growing 55% YoY in the first quarter of 2018.”
Dolgen was most recently head of West Coast Development for Viceland, overseeing West Coast-based production and development for the joint venture between Vice Media and A+E Networks.