Paramount Network has hired veteran television executive Lauren Dolgen to be the brand’s senior VP of unscripted development and production.
In her role at Paramount Network, Dolgen will lead the unscripted development team and oversee original productions and the efforts to expand Paramount Network’s unscripted original programming slate. Dolgen, who will officially assume her new position on June 3, will be based in Los Angeles and report to Keith Cox, president of development and production for Paramount Network and TV Land.
Dolgen joins Paramount Network from BuzzFeed, where she was the head of BuzzFeed Studios and spearheaded building its portfolio with original development and development based on the media company’s IP portfolio. Prior to Buzzfeed, Dolgen was head of West Coast development for Viceland. She began her career at MTV, where she had credits on such series as 16 & Pregnant, Teen Mom, Teen Mom 2, Rob & Big, The Real World, Punk’d, America’s Best Dance Crew, Jackass and more.
Cox said: “We’re ecstatic to have Lauren on board at Paramount Network and welcome her back home to the Viacom family. Her unbelievable track record of monumental hit series that continuously break into the cultural zeitgeist, proves she has the perfect creative instincts to take our unscripted programming to the next level.”
Dolgen added: “I’m excited to join Keith in continuing to shape the brand and the programming at Paramount Network. It’s a special opportunity to develop unscripted shows at a strong growing brand with a name that holds so much legacy. I can’t wait to dive in and get my hands dirty.”