MGM TV claws Collins sr. VP

Creative exec to o'see development, 'Enquirer' prod'n

Paramount Domestic TV alum Clancy Collins has been named senior veep of creative affairs for MGM Television Entertainment, where she’ll serve as the No. 2 creative exec to the division’s newly appointed prexy, Hank Cohen.

Collins, formerly veep of development for Par’s syndie arm, joins the Lion as the dust settles on major management upheaval and layoffs. In TV, MGM is focusing on the firstrun syndication biz. Collins will oversee production of MGM’s new strip “National Enquirer” as well as development.

“She’s going to be instrumental in the development of future firstrun product,” said Cohen. “If there were questions in the industry about how serious we are about being active in TV and firstrun syndication, this hire should put to rest any thoughts to the contrary.”

Collins had spent the past three years with Par, developing such projects as “The Howie Mandel Show” and the docu series “Wild Things,” now in its third year. She also was involved in bringing radio shrink Dr. Laura Schlessinger to the studio, which is prepping a Schlessinger talkshow strip for a fall 2000 bow.

“I’m excited to be part of the transition at MGM as it looks to redirect and redefine itself,” said Collins, adding that her experience at Par, a longtime leader in the syndie biz, has been “invaluable.”

Before signing on with Par, Collins served as exec director of development for New World Television. She also served stints as a production/development exec with Four Point Entertainment and Wilshire Court Prods.

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