Role extended to original series, animation

Spike TV has given programming chief Sharon Levy a big promotion.

Levy, who has been behind the network’s series growth over the past five years, has been named exec VP of original series and animation at the cabler.

Spike TV prexy Kevin Kay, to whom Levy continues to report, announced the new title on Tuesday.

Levy had previously served as senior VP of original series. In her new expanded gig, Levy will continue to oversee production and development of Spike series, with an increased emphasis on original animation.

“She has been instrumental in bringing top-flight talent to Spike,” Kay said. “Her ability to connect with the Spike viewer has resulted in developing many of the network’s top-rated series. Now we look forward to develop original animation using her talents for our guy-centric audience.”

Spike has already dabbled in animation: The channel’s special “Afro Samurai: Resurrection” won the Emmy last year for Individual Achievement in Animation.

Levy first joined Spike in 2005, overseeing the development of signature Spike series such as “Deadliest Warrior,” “Pros vs. Joes,” “1000 Ways to Die,” “MANswers,” “4th and Long” and “MXC.”

New pilots just announced last week as part of Levy’s most recent development slate include “Weapon X,” “Alternative History,” and “On the Rocks.”

Before Spike, Levy was exec VP at Stone & Company Entertainment (then known as Stone Stanley Entertainment), working on series such as “Mole” and “The Joe Schmo Show.” Levy also spent time in P.R. at Comedy Central and Sci-Fi.

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