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MTV duo to share scripted programming reins

Levy, Spencer to report to Janolllari at cabler

MTV has chosen Clay Spencer and Justin Levy to run scripted programming and development, reporting to programming topper David Janollari.

Spencer and Levy each carry the title of vice president of scripted series. Levy joined MTV in 2008, Spencer in 2010.

“Our dedication to scripted is real, and we know that we’re in this for the long run and it’s going to take a while to educate our audience that we’re in that game,” said Janollari, who ran scripted for MTV until he was promoted to replace departed topper Tony DiSanto last year. “So it made natural sense that the two guys who were basically working for me when I was head of scripted should step into that role.”

Levy has helped drive MTV’s growing emphasis on scripted entertainment with “The Hard Times of RJ Berger” and “Teen Wolf.” He previously served as head of television at Film 44 and as director of primetime series development at NBC.

Spencer has a long history with Janollari. He had previously been development and production VP at the Greenblatt Janollari Studio, where he worked on “Six Feet Under,” among other series. He also helped launch “Supernatural” while scripted series veep at the WB.

Janollari said there’s no division of responsibilities between Levy and Spencer. “They don’t specialize,” he said. “They’re kind of in it together, running what’s turned into a pretty substantially sized department in a very small amount of time. … They’ve forged a terrific working relationship.They have a great understanding of story and character development, and they also have a great kind of bedside manner with the talent. They’re very writer- and actor-friendly. That goes a long way in the scripted business.”

With the furor over its January launch of racy teen series “Skins” having subsided to an extent, MTV is pointing toward several key scripted launches later this year, including “Teen Wolf,” “This Is Awkward,” “I Just Want My Pants Back” and “Death Valley.”

Net also promoted Anne-Marie McGintee to manager of scripted series development. She is in her fifth year at MTV.

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