Susanne Daniels is leaving her post as president of programming of MTV to join YouTube in the newly-created role of VP of YouTube Originals. She will join the company this fall, working out of its offices in Beverly Hills.
According to a release announcing the hire, Daniels duties will include managing the YouTube Originals development pipeline, overseeing production and working “cross-functionally” to bring new series to fans. She will report to Robert Kyncl, YouTube’s head of content and business operations.
Alex Carloss, who has headed YouTube’s original programming efforts for the past four years, will report to Daniels.
Since joining MTV in 2012, Daniels has built up the network’s narrative slate with such series as “Finding Carter,” “Faking It,” the recently-launched “Scream,” and the forthcoming “The Shannara Chronicles,” due in early 2016. On the unscripted side, she helped revamp the network’s signature reality franchise “The Real World” and launched new matchmaking show “Are You The One,” which debuts its third season in the fall. Other shows developed under watch include the upcoming reality shows “Todrick,” starring YouTuber Todrick Hall, and “Follow the Rules,” starring rapper-turned-actor Ja Rule.
Prior to joining MTV, Daniels led the programming divisions at Lifetime Television and The WB Network (now The CW). She began her career as an assistant to executive producer Lorne Michaels on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live,” and was eventually promoted to manager of development for his prodco Broadway Entertainment, where she worked on the sketch comedy series “The Kids in the Hall” (1988–1994) and the hit “SNL” spin-off movie “Wayne’s World” (1992).
Daniels is married to writer-producer-director Greg Daniels (“The Office,” “Parks and Recreation,” “King of the Hill”).