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Entertainment One Promotes Tara Long to Head of Global Unscripted TV

She launched the company’s U.S. unscripted business in 2012

Entertainment One (eOne)  has promoted Tara Long to President, Global Unscripted, Television, the company announced Wednesday.

Formerly EVP of Alternative Television, Long joined eOne in 2012 and launched the company’s U.S. unscripted programming business. Since then, she has been responsible for projects like WE tv’s “Growing Up Hip Hop” franchise, “Mary Mary,” MTV’s “Ex On The Beach” and “Siesta Key,” E!’s “LadyGang,” BET’s “Hustle in Brooklyn,” “Death Row Chronicles,” the Emmy-nominated “LA Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later,” A&E’s “Biggie: The Life of Notorious B.I.G.” and GSN’s “America Says.”

Long’s promotion comes as the company touts her “continued success” with eOne’s U.S. broadcast partners, including E!, BET, WE tv, A&E, MTV, Lifetime, VH1, Discovery Channel and History, as well as growth in the U.K. following the acquisition of unscripted company Whizz Kid Entertainment.

“Tara is a force in the industry and continues to hit it out of the park with an incredible track record of bold new series and commissions, and the roster of creative talent she brings into eOne,” eOne’s Mark Gordon, President and Chief Content Officer, Film & Television, said in a statement. “Series after series, talent is drawn to her drive to tackle big ideas and commitment to collaboration. Together with our CEO Darren Throop, I am thrilled to announce her expanded role as she continues to grow her business and team around the world,”

“The opportunity to continue the global expansion of our unscripted business is incredibly exciting,” Long said. “I’m energized by the unbelievable talent, producers and executives I get to work with. I have loved every minute of the journey so far and can’t wait for what’s next.”

Long oversees eOne’s current unscripted partner relationships with Emmy-nominated producers Mark Ford and Kevin Lopez’s Creature Films, Matthew Anderson and Nate Green’s Purveyors of POP, Joseph Freed and Allison Berkley’s Marwar Junction Productions, David Solomini and Philip Segal’s Crush+Lab and Simon Howley and Jon-Barrie Waddell’s UK based Fired Up Films, as well as David Ayer, will.i.am, Drake, Jermaine Dupri, Vivica A. Fox, Tommy Mottola, Master P. and Nelly.