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MTV bulks up development team

DiSanto hires Suro as VP of West Coast team

Tony DiSanto is beefing up his team at MTV, hiring veteran scripted exec Maira Suro for the newly created post of senior veep of series development, West Coast.

Suro, who served as an exec producer on USA hit “The 4400,” comes from the Renegade 83 production banner, where she ran development, sales and production for scripted drama and comedy.

Exec will report to the net’s other senior veep of series development, Liz Gately, who’s based in Gotham; her role will encompass both scripted and reality programming.

DiSanto described the hire as being about “developing new ideas in all formats,” with Suro “tasked with all formats — reality, scripted, strip, game, animation.”

DiSanto has been remaking the programming unit in the hope of streamlining and accelerating projects.

Exec reorganized disparate teams into three groups — programming and strategy, development and production — shortly after he took over the top programming spot from Lois Curren in the spring. Gately, who specializes in nonscripted, was put in charge of development; Suro is now her No. 2.

MTV has been looking to beef up programming in several areas under DiSanto, including, notably, scripted series. Net will launch this fall the high-school rocker drama “Kaya,” its first scripted show since the latenight sudser “Undressed” in 2002.

Exec has also said he wants to expand beyond net’s trademark reality programming by pursuing projects in animation, horror and other niches.

Suro also helped relaunch American Zoetrope’s television division and was an exec at UPN and Spelling Entertainment.

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