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TV News Roundup: ‘Marvel’s Iron Fist’ Lands Scott Buck as Netflix Showrunner & More

“Marvel’s Iron Fist” has found its showrunner, and VH1 has set a premiere date for the final season of “Mob Wives.” Plus more in Monday’s television news roundup . . .

Marvel News:

“Dexter” alum Scott Buck has been tapped as showrunner for “Marvel’s Iron Fist” on Netflix, Marvel announced Monday.

“Iron Fist” is the fourth series due as part of Marvel TV’s mega-deal with Netflix, which has put out “Daredevil” and “Jessica Jones,” and will see “Luke Cage” premiere in 2016, as part of the overall pact. Following “Iron Fist,” all four heroes will unite in “The Defenders” miniseries.

“Scott came in with a take on Iron Fist that quite simply knocked us off our feet,” said Marvel’s head of TV, Jeph Loeb, who will also serve as an exec producer with Buck. “We always look for the most creative minds in the field to help us bring our heroes to life, and with Scott we’ve found someone that can deliver yet another great series in the ongoing story of ‘The Defenders.'”

Buck, who was showrunner on “Dexter” for four years, commented, “I’ve always been drawn to writing complex, intriguing characters, and that’s what most excites me about the opportunity to bring Danny Rand and ‘Iron Fist’ to life with Marvel on Netflix.”

Premiere Dates:

VH1 has set a premiere date for the sixth and final season of Mob Wives on Jan. 13 at 8 p.m. Dubbed “Mob Wives: The Last Stand,” the show will follow the New York City cast members as they deal with situations like writing a personal tell-all, battling cancer and shuttering a beloved business, as well as raising a rebellious teenage daughter, coping with a father’s imprisonment and being betrayed by friends.

“Teen Mom OG” will return to MTV on Jan.4 at 10 p.m. The original cast of Amber, Catelynn, Farrah and Maci are back for all-new episodes.

Tyrese and Rev Run’s relationship talk show “It’s Not You, It’s Men” will premiere at 9 p.m. Jan. 23 on OWN. Each week, the series will feature celebrity guests — including Vin Diesel, Jordin Sparks, Marlon Wayans and Amber Rose — who will offer their unique points of view on topics such as monogamy, modern romance, sex, marriage and dating.

Executive News:

Brent Mitchell has been upped to senior vice president of consumer marketing for E! and Esquire Network. In his elevated role, Mitchell, who joined the company in 2014, will expand his responsibilities to lead E! and Esquire Network’s consumer brand strategies and marketing efforts, including all advertising campaigns for new and ongoing series, media planning, agency management, plus digital and social marketing initiatives.

“Brent is a talented marketing executive and brand strategist who has played an important role in E! and Esquire Network’s ongoing growth and success,” said Jen Neal, exec vice president of marketing for E! and Esquire, to whom Mitchell will continue to report. “In today’s evolving media landscape, Brent continues to find new and innovative ways to create and execute breakthrough advertising campaigns that propel our brands and engage viewers across platforms.”

Mitchell spearheaded the marketing campaign for E!’s first scripted series, “The Royals”; Caitlyn Jenner’s “I Am Cait”; and “E! News” as well as Esquire’s “Knife Fight”; “American Ninja Warrior”; and the cabler’s first scripted show, “Spotless,” among others.

Rachel Smith has been upped to senior vice president of current production at Bravo. Smith, who joined Bravo in 2013, currently oversees “The Real Housewives of Atlanta,” “Newlyweds: The First Year” and more. She is also in charge of the two new “Housewives” spinoff series, which will take place in Dallas and Potomac.

“Rachel’s innovative approach to storytelling and ability to create groundbreaking, high-quality programming has made her an invaluable asset to the production team,” said Shari Levine, executive vice president of current production, to whom Smith report. “She continues to be instrumental in producing brand defining content that helps Bravo rank as a Top Ten cable entertainment network.”

Prior to working at Bravo, Smith was at BBC America, where she was vice president of original programming. She’s also held exec positions at Discovery Fit, Heat and IFC TV.

Renu Thomas has been elevated to executive vice president of media operations, engineering and IT at Disney/ABC Television Group, stepping in for Vince Roberts, who will retire in January after more than 30 years with the company.

“Renu has distinguished herself as someone with a deep understanding of our current business operations and the vision needed to guide us into the future,” said Ben Sherwood, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group. “She is well respected by her peers here at Disney/ABC and by the rest of the industry, and is absolutely deserving of this promotion.”

Thomas, who most recently served as senior vice president of technology and operations, commented: “I am looking forward to working with the senior leadership team at DATG as we navigate the many opportunities available across our strong portfolio of media brands.”

Business Deals:

ITV Studios America has inked an overall pod deal with Assembly Entertainment.

The deal, which reunites Philippe Maigret with Assembly, marks the first since Maigret was named president of ITV Studios America this summer.

“Philippe and I share a love for great storytelling and our partnerships have always proved fruitful,” said Assembly’s CEO Christina Wayne. “I;m ecstatic to be his first pod deal once again and to work together in building a great scripted roster for ITV Studios America.”

Maigret added, “As I set my sights on identifying the best scripted programming for ITV Studios America, I want to surround myself with great talent. Christina and her team were tantamount to my success at Endemol when I signed them as my first pod deal and their keen sense of identifying great material and attracting stellar talent consistently impresses me. I look forward to continuing our journey of making great television together.”

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