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Lillah McCarthy to Head TV for Allison Shearmur Productions

Lillah McCarthy has joined Lionsgate-based Allison Shearmur Productions as head of TV.

McCarthy signs on as Shearmur plans to expand the company’s activity in television. At present Shearmur is shepherding Lionsgate’s revival of “Dirty Dancing” for ABC.

McCarthy has” great taste, experience and a phenomenal touch with the material she champions, and she is respected and admired by talent, programming executives, agents and writers,” Shearmur said. “I have known Lillah for many years and am thrilled and excited to partner with her as we expand our footprint in television.”

McCarthy spent 12 years at TNT and TBS, most recently serving as senior VP of original programming. She’s had a hand in most of the cablers’ original series during that span, from “Men of a Certain Age” and “Saving Grace” to “Rizzoli & Isles,” “The Last Ship” and “Falling Skies.”

Before Turner, McCarthy worked as a producer based at Sony Pictures TV, where she exec produced the Kyle Chandler CBS drama “Early Edition.” She also held exec posts at ABC and Fox.

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