Pay cabler Epix is making a move toward adding original scripted series to its mix, tapping former Disney and HBO exec Jocelyn Diaz to oversee development.
Diaz will serve as exec VP of original programming, Epix confirmed Tuesday.
“With Jocelyn on board, we’re going to be able to take this to a new level with original scripted series that resonate with our viewers,” said Epix prexy-CEO Mark Greenberg. “To be successful at originals you must be authentic — and that’s exactly what Jocelyn brings to the table.”
Diaz, formerly veep of production at Walt Disney Studios, said her mandate was to deliver “compelling content and original series that provide a unique and full-spectrum entertainment experience.”
At Disney, Diaz worked in development and production on such live-action features as “Into the Woods” and “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day.”
Before her stint at Disney, Diaz was head of drama development at HBO, where she managed pilot and series development for such projects as “Boardwalk Empire” and “Big Love.” Earlier in her career Diaz worked at ABC on series including “Lost,” “Ugly Betty,” “Pushing Daisies,” “NYPD Blue,” “The Practice” and “The Drew Carey Show.”
Epix is the joint venture of Viacom, MGM and Lionsgate. The cabler, which bowed in 2009, tried to get original series up and running a few years ago under the director of exec Laverne McKinnon, who left the company in 2011.