Tracey Zaradich Lentz Joins GSN as Director of Development
SANTA MONICA, Calif., Jan. 11 -- Tracey Zaradich Lentz has
been named to the position of Director of Development for GSN, the network for
games, from serving as Manager of Programming at Showtime Networks, Inc. since
November 2000. The announcement was made today by Ian Valentine, Senior Vice
President of Programming for GSN, to whom she will report.
Lentz will be based in GSN's Santa Monica headquarters, where, effective
immediately, she will focus on developing new programming and oversee a
portion of the current production slate for the 56 million home network.
Lentz will assist the programming team by bringing in new creative talent and
exploring alternative programming options as the network continues to increase
its audience among Adults 25 - 54. The Sony Pictures Entertainment and
Liberty Media-owned network broadened its programming brand to include
reality, alternative sports, talent-driven documentaries and casino genres in
addition to game show series last year.
"Tracey has a strong background in all forms of programming and she has
great creativity," said Valentine. "As we continue to broaden our current
programming base beyond the proscenium game shows, we will benefit greatly
through her insights, relationships and fresh point of view."
In her previous role at Showtime, Lentz developed series projects and
served as a current executive. She shepherded the Emmy nominated and WGA
award-winning "Penn & Teller: BULLSHIT!" series from development through
production in multiple seasons and served as the current executive on such
critically acclaimed series as "Huff" and "The L Word." Prior to Showtime,
Lentz served in the programming departments at The WB Network, Digital
Entertainment Network (DEN) and Touchstone Television.
Lentz graduated magna cum laude at University of California, Los Angeles,
with a Bachelor of Arts degree in mass communications. She is currently a
part of the next generation council at the Motion Picture TV Fund and is
leading the effort to launch the Shavelson Television Network on the campus.
GSN, the Network for Games, is the only U.S. television network dedicated
to game-related programming and interactive game playing. The network
features game shows, reality series, documentaries, alternative sports
programs and casino games. As the industry leader in interactivity, GSN
features 84 hours per week of interactive programming, which allows viewers a
chance to win prizes by playing along with GSN's televised games via GSN.com.
Reaching 56 million Nielsen homes, GSN is distributed in the U.S. through all
major cable systems and satellite providers. The network is jointly owned by
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corporation. For further media
information, visit GSN's press website at corp.gsn.com.
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