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Program queen exits Logo

Opatut steps down at MTV's gay channel

Eileen Opatut has stepped down as head of original programming for MTV Networks’ Logo, the cable group’s fledgling channel aimed at gay auds.

Net said Monday that VP Dave Mace would take over programming and that Opatut had signed a first-look development deal with MTVN.

Under terms of Opatut’s new pact, she’ll develop and produce series and special events for the cable group’s linear and nonlinear platforms. Opatut will remain based at MTVN’s Gotham headquarters and exec produce the annual GLAAD Media Awards show, which airs on Logo.

Mace will assume Opatut’s duties in the interim and report directly to MTVN music group-Logo prexy Brian Graden and Logo senior veep-general manager Lisa Sherman.

Opatut has been with Logo since early 2004, launching the channel’s inaugural slate of originals, which include “Noah’s Arc,” “Jacob and Joshua: Nemesis Rising,” “U.S. of ANT” and the GLAAD Media Awards. She also oversaw upcoming skeins “Curl Girls” and “The Big Gay Sketch Show.”

Before Logo, Opatut was head of programming at Food Network and held senior positions at BBC Worldwide America and Nickelodeon.

Mace previously worked as TV topper for Storyline Entertainment.