Holly Jacobs has been named exec VP of Buena Vista Prods., effectively replacing Angela Shapiro at the Mouse House division, following Shapiro’s exit last month to head ABC Family Channel.
Shapiro also headed ABC Daytime, and that post is expected to be filled separately.
Jacobs most recently served as senior vice president of programming and development for Buena Vista Prods., Disney’s production division for syndication, cable and daytime.
She will report to Laurie Younger, head of worldwide television distribution for ABC, to whom Shapiro reported when she was prexy of Buena Vista Prods.
“Holly has outstanding vision and impressive instincts,” Younger said in a statement. “She has great taste and an enthusiasm that’s infectious. Her relationships with the creative community make her a magnet for extraordinary talent.
“Her extensive background as a producer gives her a valuable perspective that’s important to the development of fresh, engaging programming,” Younger added.
In her new role, Jacobs will be the lead exec for all development at Buena Vista Prods., and she will oversee the creative direction of the division and its projects, including this fall’s syndie version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” and “The Wayne Brady Show.”
She was a key player in the signing of Meredith Vieira as host of the syndie “Millionaire.” She also spearheaded the Brady project and was instrumental in attaching Robert Morton as exec producer.
Cusack, Smiley projects
Debuting in 2003 and also under Jacobs’ development direction are the recently announced Joan Cusack comedy/talkshow and the latenight yakker featuring Tavis Smiley, host of NPR’s “The Tavis Smiley Show.” Jacobs will continue to contribute creatively to existing programs including “Live With Regis and Kelly,” “Ebert & Roeper” and “Win Ben Stein’s Money.”
Mary Kellogg, who heads the division’s current programming efforts, will continue reporting to Younger, as she has since Shapiro segued to ABC Family.
Jacobs joined ABC in 1998 as VP of reality programming for ABC Daytime, overseeing development of new programming as well as creative and production efforts for “The View.” Jacobs also was responsible for overseeing the production of the 2000 Daytime Emmy awards ceremony, broadcast on ABC.
Prior to joining ABC Daytime, Jacobs held several senior level producing positions at “The Sally Jessy Raphael Show.”