Liz Gateley

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Liz Gateley is an American television producer. She currently serves as head of programming at Lifetime Television.[1] She is also a founding partner and co-owner, along with Tony DiSanto, of DiGa, a studio and production company hybrid.[2] In what Gateley describes as her "dream job", she is responsible for leading the development of new weekly and daily series for the channel including both scripted and reality projects.

Gateley is known for creating the hit reality series, Laguna Beach, inspired by her childhood growing up in Palos Verdes, California.[3][4] It was the first thing she pitched at MTV back in 2003, the summer in which she started, and she went on to serve as executive producer of that series. Her next creation was 8th & Ocean, which also went on to become a hit series for MTV. Since then, she has developed a diverse slate of hits series for the network, which most recently included Teen Mom and 16 and Pregnant, on which she also served as executive producer. Gateley has successfully expanded MTV programming to include hit shows such as The Hills, Randy Jackson Presents America's Next Best Dance Crew, The Buried Life, Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory, Nitro Circus, The City, Human Giant and Run's House as well as the 2009 documentary, Britney: For the Record. She's also an executive producer on the MTV series Scream.[5]

Projects in development under Gateley's guidance include the series Teen Wolf, a thriller reinvention of the 1985 blockbuster film, and the critically acclaimed British hit series, Skins. Recent projects include two scripted comedy series, The Hard Times of RJ Berger and Warren the Ape which aired in June 2010.

Prior to MTV and her current position at Lifetime, Gateley worked at Lifetime Television where she was responsible for the development of primetime and daytime scripted and reality original series and specials, including Strong Medicine, The Division, Intimate Portrait,[4] and Weddings of a Lifetime. She now works as head of all programing. Before Lifetime, Gateley got her first shot in the entertainment industry while working at William Morris Agency in their agent trainee program. She is also an attorney who practiced corporate law.

Gateley graduated from Loyola Law School with a J.D. degree after earning a B. A. in Economics/Business from University of California, Los Angeles.

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  1. ^ Villarreal, Yvonne (April 8, 2015). "Lifetime taps MTV alum Liz Gateley as head of programming". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  2. ^ Rose, Lacey (February 26, 2014). "Tony DiSanto, Liz Gateley Ink Three-Book Deal for 'High School Horror Story' Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  3. ^ Smith, Lynn (November 5, 2005). "There's Laguna, and Then There's MTV's 'Laguna'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b Rochlin, Margy (August 30, 2005). "An MTV Coming of Age That Went Far on Charm". The New York Times. Retrieved September 3, 2015. 
  5. ^ Friedlander, Whitney (July 29, 2015). "MTV's 'Scream' Gets Second Season". Variety. Retrieved February 25, 2016. 

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