truTV Elevates Angel Annussek and Lesley Goldman to SVP of Development & Original Programming
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
truTV, a division of Turner, announced today the promotion of two of its programming executives, Angel Annussek and Lesley Goldman, into the roles of senior vice president of development and original programming. In these newly-created leadership roles, both Annussek and Goldman will be responsible for the continued development and production of high-quality shows for the network, leading the editorial direction, execution and production of its programming slate, and serving as key representatives of truTV among the entertainment industry. Both will continue to be based in New York and report to Marissa Ronca, executive vice president and head of programming for truTV.
“Angel and Lesley's creativity and strong leadership have been invaluable to the evolution of truTV’s programming,” said Ronca. “Both of them have developed unique original series through their great relationships in the creative community and are truly two of the best executives I've ever worked with. I’m confident that in these new roles, they will continue to elevate the brand by producing buzzy comedic projects that can only be found on truTV.”
Annussek joined truTV in September 2004 as an executive producer and was promoted to vice president in 2011. In that role, she oversaw development and production for her team’s scripted and non-scripted comedy programming, including pilots, series and specials. She developed Adam Ruins Everything, The Carbonaro Effect and the upcoming series Jon Glaser Loves Gear, and leads production for the network’s first scripted series Those Who Can’t and the David Spade prank show Fameless. She also developed and is leading production on the two upcoming scripted series, I’m Sorry and Bobcat Goldthwait’s Messed Up Stories. Prior to joining truTV, Annussek was a freelance producer/director with credits that include the television special Self Portraits for Showtime Network, the feature-length documentary film Double Self-Portrait and more than two dozen veritè documentaries. Annussek is a graduate of Grinnell College.
Goldman joined truTV in January 2014 when, as vice president of original programming for truTV, she was responsible for the development of new truTV programming, with creative oversight of pilots, series and specials. She is the network executive in charge of development for a number of original series including Hack My Life, Greatest Ever and You Can Do Better, as well as various projects and pilots in development. She is also leading production on truTV”s first feature documentary The Problem with Apu from comedian Hari Kondabolu. Prior to joining truTV, Goldman spent eight years at MTV as a producer, showrunner and development executive for various projects including Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life, Savage U with Dan Savage and three seasons of the series High School Stories, which she created and executive-produced. During her career, she also served as vice president of development for Picture This Television. Goldman earned a bachelor's degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Since its transformation into a comedic network focused on premium, creator-driven programs with a distinct point of view, truTV has been revving up its slate with more than 40 projects currently in production or development. With a schedule comprised of entirely original programming, the network produces 200+ hours of original content each year.
Seen across multiple platforms in 90 million households, truTV delivers a fresh and unexpected take on comedy with such popular original series as Impractical Jokers, Billy on the Street, The Carbonaro Effect, Adam Ruins Everything, Hack My Life and Fameless, as well as the original scripted comedy Those Who Can't. And the fun doesn't stop there. truTV is also a partner in airing the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship.
truTV is part of Turner, a Time Warner company. Turner creates and programs branded news; entertainment; kids and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.