CMT Signs Deal with Network Exec John Hamlin’s Switched On Entertainment Company

CMT has signed a multi-year, first-look deal with John Hamlin’s just-launched Switched On Entertainment production company. CMT president Brian Philips made the announcement Tuesday.

Under the new pact, Hamlin — who served as the cabler’s SVP of music events and talent for eight years — will continue working with CMT, serving as exec producer and showrunner of the net’s many music franchises, including “CMT Music Awards” and “Artists of the Year,” in addition to developing new series, events and specials by way of his Switched On banner.

Besides functioning as a production company, the Nashville-based Switched On Entertainment also houses Hamlin’s artist management division. He represents pop-rock artist Marc Scibilia and multi-platinum pop act Hot Chelle Rae.

“To be able to continue my working relationship with Viacom and CMT, produce and create programming with new partners, and manage artists I’m passionate about is a dream scenario,” Hamlin said. “I’m grateful to Brian Philips and everyone at CMT for an incredible eight years, and I look forward to producing television with CMT for years to come.”

Philips commented, “John has contributed a singular, indelibly strong point of view to all of CMT’s best music franchises. Hamlin is an unparalleled producer, my trusted friend and co-conspirator. He brings new creative angles and ideas into the building every day. We celebrate and support the launch of John’s new entrepreneurial venture, and thankful our most noteworthy shows remain in his capable hands.”

In addition to Hamlin’s new production deal, CMT execs Jayson Dinsmore and Leslie Fram will oversee new roles in the music, talent and event departments with Dinsmore, EVP of development, now overseeing production on all music series and events, and Fram, SVP of music strategy, overseeing the net’s music talent department.

“These are easy and opportunistic organizational moves,” Philips added of the duo. “Jayson Dinsmore, aside from his history as developer of CMT’s biggest hits ever, brings broadcast background with events and alternative programming at NBC. My longtime colleague Leslie Fram needs no introduction to anyone in Nashville music, nor to anyone in any sector of the industry. She has cultivated and nurtured music talent her entire brilliant career, and it feels right to bring this key CMT division under her proven leadership.”

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