Paramount Network today announced Lauren Ruggiero’s promotion to Senior Vice President, Scripted Original Series, Paramount Network. She will continue to report to Keith Cox, President, Development and Production, Paramount Network and TV Land, and be based in Viacom’s Hollywood offices.
In her elevated position, Ruggiero will lead the scripted development team and will oversee all scripted programming for Paramount Network, from development through production. Ruggiero’s responsibilities will include devising a competitive and innovative development strategy to further embrace the legacy of the Paramount brand name and provide the network’s audience with TV as exciting as the movies.
Said Cox, “Lauren is a brilliant executive who has been instrumental in building Paramount Network as a home for powerful storytelling, exemplified by our brand-defining hit, Yellowstone. Together with the series’ immensely talented creators, cast and crew, she has helped make it the biggest success on television across the past two summers and I look forward to her continued success across our growing and impressive scripted slate.”
Ruggiero joined Paramount Network in 2015 and most recently served as Vice President, Scripted Original Series. Since joining Paramount Network, she has been involved in all scripted projects in various stages of development, including projects from major studio players, independents and several developed in-house and has served as an Executive in Charge of Production for Yellowstone, the #1 original summer series on cable for two straight years, as well as the Emmy® Award-nominated WACO.
Ruggiero started her career in entertainment at the William Morris Agency as an agent trainee in their television literary department. After a year in the agency trenches, she moved on to become a coordinator of original programming at AMC, where she worked on various hit series, including Mad Men, Breaking Bad, The Killing and The Walking Dead. Ruggiero also served as a co-producer on the hit limited event series, Tut, which aired on Spike TV, the predecessor to Paramount Network, when she was working at Elice Island Entertainment.
Paramount Network’s scripted roster is headlined by Yellowstone, co-created by Taylor Sheridan and starring Kevin Costner and the upcoming projects: Coyote, from Michelle MacLaren and starring Michael Chiklis; Paradise Lost (working title), from Rodes Fishburne, Arika Lisanne Mittman and John Lee Hancock; 68 Whiskey, from Ron Howard and Brian Grazer’s Imagine Entertainment; Sexy Beast, a series adaptation of the critically-acclaimed and award-winning feature film; as well as the new Darren Star series, Emily in Paris starring Lily Collins.
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