Shingle names Gurney as senior veep of development

Imagine Television has put a new development team in place under company prexy David Nevins.

Shingle, a division of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment, has named former American Zoetrope exec Robin Gurney as senior VP in charge of development. She’ll oversee the creation of new series projects for the 20th Century Fox TV-based company, reporting to Nevins.

Imagine has also tapped ex-John Kerry advance man Robert Kwak to serve as director of development, reporting to Tunney. Erin Nowocinski, meanwhile, is formalizing her role at the company as director of current programming.

Nevins said the exec team will help Imagine try to continue the momentum from last week’s Emmy noms for “Arrested Development” and “24,” which each garnered 11 mentions to earn Imagine a company-best 22.

“It was really nice to have that recognition and sort of surprising balance between our two shows,” he said. “We’re just trying to stay bold and adventurous in the kinds of shows we put out there.”

As for Gurney, Nevins said the exec’s “impeccable reputation with writers” led him to make a deal with her.

“She’s an interesting person with an interesting mind, and that tends to make for a good development executive,” he said, noting that “a number of key people I respect” recommended Gurney as someone who would work well within the small Imagine structure.

Gurney was most recently senior VP at Berlanti-Liddell, the Warner Bros. TV-based shingle headed by “Everwood” producers Greg Berlanti and Mickey Liddell. She held a similar post at American Zoetrope, where she helped develop “The 4400″ and UPN’s “Platinum.”

Before getting into production, Gurney worked as a network exec at both UPN and CBS.

Kwak, meanwhile, is new to Hollywood, having most recently worked on the Kerry campaign, staging a slew of public events for the Massachusetts senator and his running mate, John Edwards. He’s also been a lawyer and started his career at Sony Music.

Nevins said he almost hired Kwak five years ago back when Nevins was at Fox. While Kwak is new to development, Nevins thinks he’s got the skills to work in the biz.

“He knows how to frame a story,” Nevins said.

In addition to “24″ and “Arrested,” Imagine also produces Fox summer drama “The Inside” and the upcoming NBC reality show “Treasure Hunters.”

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