MTV hires Clark, ups Miller

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NEW YORK — MTV hired Lois Clark Curren to fill the new position of senior VP, music development, and promoted John Miller to senior VP, original series.

The moves reflect MTV’s further commitment to its recent push to expand development and make music an integral part of the network’s longform shows. MTV ordered more than 20 new pilots in February and many have already become series on the cable channel.

Curren will be responsible for the invention and development of new music television programming, including the following: primetime video music-based programming, such as “Say What”; video rotation elements, which include programming like the previously announced “Videographies” and “Video Histories”; weekend music-based stunts and specials; and music-based 10 Spot series.

Most recently, Curren had an overall TV development deal with Columbia Tristar Television Distribution. Prior to that, she was a development executive at Foxlab. She served as co-executive producer on “Studs” and wrote for “The Mo Show” starring Mo Gaffney.

In Miller’s new position, he will oversee MTV’s development unit, which creates new original longform programs. He will be charged with bringing a high level of creative writers and producers to the network, and will focus on bringing new shows to the 10 Spot programming block.

MTV also promoted Paul DeBenedittis to VP, scheduling, where he will be responsible for the strategic scheduling of the network.