Programming topper will develop content via new pact

GSN senior programming veep Kelly Goode has given up her post in favor of a two-year development and producing deal with the cabler.

“Kelly’s tenure here has been very successful, marked by an enormous expansion in GSN’s original programming slate,” GSN prexy and CEO David Goldhill said. “For the first time in the network’s history, original programming dominates our primetime schedule.”

Goldhill said that Goode would assist in the search for her successor as GSN programming topper.

“I look forward to continuing my relationship with GSN and am very proud of all we’ve accomplished here,” Goode said. “Our programming strategy during the last three years has really served to broaden and transform GSN’s brand, and I know that as a producer I’ll be able to continue to contribute to the growth and creative vision of the network over the next couple of years.”

Goode has been credited with bringing attention-getting talent to GSN original series, with names including Jerry Springer, Drew Carey, Wendy Williams, Sherri Shepherd, Bill Engvall, Carrie Ann Inaba and Norm Macdonald.

“Kelly and her team have developed and produced several of our most successful and longest running series, including ‘The Newlywed Game’ and ‘Baggage,’ ” Goldhill said. “I am very grateful for all that she has accomplished here and look forward to working on future projects together.”

Previously, Goode was senior programming VP at Lifetime and programming veep at CBS Prods. She also served as a comedy development exec at CBS Entertainment and was head of TV production at John Singleton’s New Deal Prods.

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