Biz vet to oversee original programming, development

Pay TV startup Epix has tapped former CBS exec Laverne McKinnon as exec VP of original programming and development.

Epix, which bowed late last month, is a joint venture of Paramount, Lionsgate and MGM.

McKinnon comes to Epix from Shibui Entertainment, where she served as president and CEO. Previously, she worked for 10 years at CBS, most recently as VP of drama development.

Epix has greenlit its first original series, “Tough Trade,” from Lionsgate TV and “Weeds” creator-exec producer Jenji Kohan. The family ensembler is set to premiere in 2010.

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