E! Names Jeff Olde EVP, Program Development
Jeff Olde has been named Executive Vice President, Program Development, E! effective this summer. In this role, Olde will oversee original programming and series development for the global pop culture brand. Olde joins E! from VH1 where he has served as Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Production & Development. The announcement was made today by E! President Suzanne Kolb to whom Olde will report."Jeff is an incredibly gifted executive with deep industry relationships and a unique creative expertise," said Kolb. "His passion for pop culture and proven track record for serving the audience will be invaluable to our long-term growth.""E! has always been a leader in high-quality pop culture news and entertainment, and is among the most respected brands in cable television," said Olde. "I am beyond thrilled and excited to join Suzanne in building upon E!'s success and bringing the network to new heights."When Olde joins E! this summer, he will lead the team responsible for the development, creation and execution of original programming on the network. Olde will take on oversight of E!'s core franchises, including "The Soup," "Chelsea Lately," "Fashion Police," "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and "Kourtney & Kim Take Miami." He will also oversee E!'s scripted series development. At VH1, Olde oversaw the development of the network's popular series, including "Mob Wives," "Love & Hip Hop," "The Surreal Life," "Rock of Love," "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew," "Basketball Wives," "Tough Love," "La La's Full Court Life," "T.I. & Tiny: The Famly Hustle" and "Couples Therapy." Olde also successfully launched VH1 into the scripted world with the network's first hour drama "Single Ladies" from executive producer Queen Latifah, which is currently in production on its third season, the upcoming scripted drama "Hit The Floor" (formerly known as "Bounce"), the network's upcoming biopic "TLC: Crazy, Sexy, Cool," and sketch comedy show "Stevie TV." Olde also oversaw VH1's Emmy-nominated pop culture slate including "Best Week Ever," "Behind The Music," "Rock Docs" and "Pop Up Video."Prior to joining VH1, Olde was a creative consultant to Brian Graden, President of Entertainment for MTV Networks Music Group. Before joining VH1, Olde was a Peabody award winning producer with a wide array of clients including MTV, VH1, Lifetime and Disney.