Linn currently oversees production for MTV Networks, handling some of the cabler’s biggest hits including “Catfish,” “Snooki & Jwoww” and the now-defunct “Jersey Shore.” Linn has also logged years at Nickelodeon and Spike TV as a production exec.
Juris’ departure from Tru at the end of his contract came as a surprise to many in the biz, as the network had seen strong ratings growth during his tenure with shows including “Hardcore Pawn.”
While “Hardcore Pawn” has helped place Tru on the map with notable viewership, the program has been a ratings outlier, as other skeins on Tru’s lineup continue to pull so-so ratings.
The arrival of Linn could see Tru’s reality offerings head in an edgier, youth-skewing direction. The net’s lineup currently includes “Pawn” and “Lizard Lick Towing,” which have blue collar appeal and have performed strongly, but recent additions to the net’s slate like “Impractical Jokers,” Steve-O-hosted “Killer Karaoke” and “Upload with Shaquille O’Neal” suggest an increased emphasis on young adult demos.
Turner declined to comment.