Freeform Exec Adds Scripted Oversight in Expanded Role


Kary McHoul Gatens has been appointed senior VP of unscripted and current series programming at Freeform as the channel continues to expand its slate of scripted originals.

In her newly expanded position, McHoul Gatens will lead the network’s current scripted programming lineup. She will continue to work under Karey Burke, executive VP of programming and development.

McHoul Gatens previously served as senior VP of programming and development for unscripted at Freeform. Earlier in her career, she helped set up Nigel Lythgoe Productions. Before that, she worked for United Talent Agency and was head of development for the E! and Style networks.

“Kary is one of the most facile, experienced and fearless executives I’ve ever worked with, and I have no doubt that she will continue to be a game-changing leader for us as we grow our original programming slate,” said Burke.

McHoul Gatens added: “I’m honored to be joining an already extraordinary team of executives, including Jennifer Gerstenblatt, who has been integral to the growth and success of our original series. I look forward to championing them to continue to deliver bold, ‘Forward’-looking programming that is the hallmark of Freeform.”