Los Angeles – March 19, 2018 – Entertainment One (eOne) today announced the appointment of Madison Merritt to the role of Senior Vice President, Development, Alternative Programming, Television. The announcement was made by Tara Long, eOne’s EVP, Alternative Programming, Television.
The news of Merritt follows eOne’s recent appointment of veteran agent Peter Micelli to the role of Chief Strategy Officer, Film, Television and Digital under newly-named President and Chief Content Officer, Film Television and Digital, Mark Gordon. Micelli oversees the Company’s television and digital content businesses and is focused on the continued growth of eOne’s portfolio across all genres.
Based in Los Angeles, Merritt will spearhead the creation, development and sales of non-scripted series and content as she leads the development team in business growth. Merritt will work closely with Ben Megargel, Vice President, Development, Alternative Programming, Television.
“Madison is an exceptional creative executive who will nurture and continue to build our relationships with networks and producers, while growing our alternative programming slate,” said Tara Long, eOne’s EVP, Alternative Programming, Television. “With her track record of success and extensive development background I couldn’t be more thrilled to have Madison join our team at this exciting time.”
Before joining eOne, Merritt was the Founder of Mad Ave Entertainment, a company she created to develop television, branded entertainment and digital content. With Mad Ave Entertainment, Merritt sold and developed shows with TLC, Up, VH1 and HGTV. Mad Ave Entertainment, along with Asylum Entertainment, most recently received a second-season pick-up of HGTV’s successful franchise show Flip or Flop: Nashville.
Prior to Mad Ave Entertainment, Merritt was Senior Vice President of Series and Development at Ish Entertainment, where she oversaw the West Coast development. While at Ish she developed and shepherded a number of projects including All About Aubrey (Oxygen), Fix My Family (WeTV), Girlfriend Confidential: LA (Oxygen), Empire Girls (Style), T.I.’s Road to Redemption (MTV) and 50 Cent: The Money and the Power (MTV). Simultaneously, Merritt helped spearhead the packaging and sale of the Google YouTube Channel, Uno Dos Tres, a Hispanic digital channel targeted at second- and third-generation Latinos. Merritt began her career in New York working for VH1, CMT and Logo in Acquisitions and Co-Productions.
“With their already impressive slate of hit shows and successful renewals, I am thrilled to join Tara and the team at eOne. I look forward to working with the best creative partners in the business and bringing continued innovation and growth to eOne’s slate,” said Merritt.
eOne‘s Alternative Programming slate of successful shows include recently premiered Death Row Chronicles for BET; 2017 Emmy® nominee for LA Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later; Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G. the first biography to be authorized by the rapper’s estate for A&E; hit new series Siesta Key for MTV; The Hollywood Puppet Sh!t Show from executive producer Wilmer Valderrama for Fuse; Growing Up Hip Hop and Growing Up Hip Hop Atlanta, the docu-series following the next generation of hip-hop royalty for WE tv; and Mary Mary for WE tv.
About Entertainment One
Entertainment One Ltd. (LSE:ETO) is a global independent studio that specialises in the development, acquisition, production, financing, distribution and sales of entertainment content. The Company’s diversified expertise spans across film, television and music production and sales, family programming, merchandising and licensing, and digital content. Through its global reach and expansive scale, powered by deep local market knowledge, the Company delivers the best content to the world.
Entertainment One’s robust network includes newly-launched MAKEREADY with Brad Weston; content creation venture Amblin Partners with Steven Spielberg, DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media, and Reliance Entertainment; leading feature film production and global sales company Sierra Pictures; unscripted television production company Renegade 83; world-class music labels Dualtone Music Group and Last Gang; and award-winning digital agency Secret Location.
The Company’s rights library is exploited across all media formats and includes more than 80,000 hours of film and television content and approximately 40,000 music tracks.