MotorTrend Group has named Mike Suggett head of programming and development. Previously, the company’s vice president of original programming, Suggett will report to Alex Wellen, MotorTrend Group global president and GM.
“Mike is as passionate and brilliant an automotive storyteller as they come,” Wellen said. “He can spot talent and has a track record of creating authentic programming that leaps off the screen. He is a world-class collaborator and I am thrilled to promote him into this transformational role. Our fans are in for a treat and the MotorTrend family is energized about sharing the massive slate of new programming on the horizon.”
As head of programming and development, Suggett will lead the global strategy for MotorTrend Group’s world-leading automotive focused video platforms. He is also responsible for developing the programming and scheduling strategies for both the MotorTrend App, the company’s SVOD product and for MotorTrend TV.
In his old role, Suggett developed “Roadkill,” “Dirt Every Day,” “Hot Rod Garage” and the upcoming new “Top Gear America” (working title) for MotorTrend.
“There is a talented, passionate programming and development team at MotorTrend that I’m so fortunate to be part of,” Suggett continued. “In addition to our robust slate of live events and specials, we have an embarrassment of riches in beloved series like ‘Wheeler Dealers,’ ‘Roadkill,’ ‘Bitchin’ Rides’ and so much more. I’m looking forward to working with the team on an all-new American adaption of ‘Top Gear’ and finding ways to build on MotorTrend’s storied 70-year legacy.”
Prior to MotorTrend Group, Suggett held various positions at E! Entertainment Television. He has directed marketing and promotional campaigns for automotive brands including Toyota/Scion and Acura.
Suggett graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles. He is based out of MotorTrend Group’s global headquarters in Los Angeles.