Paramount Network announced plans to promote Lauren Ruggiero to senior vice president of scripted original series Monday, where she will continue to report to Keith Cox, president of development and production at Paramount Network and TV Land.
Ruggiero’s new position will involve leading the scripted development team and overseeing all scripted programming for the network, from development through production. She will be responsible for “devising a competitive and innovative development strategy to further embrace the legacy of the Paramount brand name and provide the network’s audience with TV as exciting as the movies,” according to the network.
Ruggiero most recently served as vice president of scripted original series. She’s been at Viacom since 2015, and will continue to be based out of Viacom’s Hollywood offices. During her time at Paramount Network, she’s served as an executive in charge of production for ‘Yellowstone,’ the network’s top-performing show, as well as “WACO,” the limited series about David Koresh’s Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas.
“Lauren is a brilliant executive who has been instrumental in building Paramount Network as a home for powerful storytelling, exemplified by our brand-defining hit, ‘Yellowstone.’ Together with the series’ immensely talented creators, cast and crew, she has helped make it the biggest success on television across the past two summers and I look forward to her continued success across our growing and impressive scripted slate,” Cox said.
Every Stephen King Movie, Ranked Worst to Best (Photos)
Where does the “It Chapter Two” place among the many big-screen adaptations of the horror master’s work?
Stephen King isn't just an author by this point: He's an institution, a legacy of classic horror stories that capture our imaginations, fuel our nightmares, and speak -- when he's at his best -- to our shared experiences as flawed, emotional beings. The best King stories scare so many of us that we all feel connected, and even the worst are usually pretty fun.
King's books and short stories quickly became hit movies, many of them celebrated in their time, and some flopped so hard that hardly anybody remembers them. Cataloguing every adaptation might be a fool's errand, so we made some tough choices and decided to focus only on his theatrical releases.
And even then, there are so many King adaptations that it gets tricky. The sequels to King's work rarely have anything to do with the source material, so they're all disqualified (even though some, like Larry Cohen's prescient anti-fascist monster drama "A Return to Salem's Lot," are genuinely interesting). We also cut King some slack and removed "The Lawnmower Man" from our watch list, since he fought to have his own name removed from the film and won.
(There are also some adaptations that are simply difficult to find in America, like the Indian adaptions of "Misery" and "Quitter's, Inc." -- "Julie Ganapathi" and "No Smoking" -- but we tried. We promise we tried.)
Even with all those caveats we felt one particular film deserved a quasi-official, honorable mention. Before we rank into every theatrically-released Stephen King adaptation let's give out one honorable mention...
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