Lifetime bolsters reality division

Chessler upped to VP; TruTV alum Hardy joins in same post

Lifetime Networks has upped Kimberly Chessler to vice president of reality programming and also brought Paul Hardy on board as VP of reality programming.

Pair will be based in Gotham and report to Gena McCarthy, senior veep of reality and alternative programming.

Chessler, who joined the cabler in 2010, oversaw the development of Lifetime’s hit series “Dance Moms” along with the skein’s spinoff, “Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition.” She also handled the development of hidden-cam show “Prank My Mom” and forthcoming docusoap “Preachers’ Daughters.” Her posts at Lifetime come after 10 years at Oxygen, where she oversaw unscripted content including “The Bad Girls Club.”

Hardy arrives at Lifetime after serving as director of program development for truTV. He has developed reality shows for the cable net including “Swamp Hunters,” “Killer Karaoke” and “Guinness Book of World Records.” Before his tenure at truTV, Hardy held positions at Embassy Row Prods. and Endemol USA.

“Kim has been instrumental in building the ‘Dance Moms’ franchise into a cultural phenomenon and major hit for Lifetime… and Paul brings to Lifetime a proven track record, strong relationships in the unscripted space and a unique perspective on where the genre is heading,” McCarthy said.

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