Discovery vet heading up programming, development

On staff on an interim basis since February, Rita Mullin has been named exec VP of programming and development at OWN.

Mullin joined the cabler after coming over from Discovery Fit & Health, where she oversaw all aspects of programming, production, development, marketing and communications. She has been at Discovery for 16 years and helped developed such series as “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ and “19 Kids and Counting.”

Since arriving at OWN, Mullin has helped shape “Welcome to Sweetie Pie’s” and is overseeing upcoming series “Married to the Army: Alaska,” “Staten Island Law,” “Six Little McGhees” and “Life with La Toya,” as well as projects in development.

“Rita seamlessly joined the OWN team and has been a fantastic asset in helping to develop entertaining and brand-defining programming for the network,” said president Sheri Salata.

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