WWE has named Susan Levison as the company’s new head of WWE Studios, it announced Tuesday.
Levison will report to WWE co-president Michelle Wilson as the company’s senior vice president of WWE Studios, the organization’s multi-platform content division that develops and produces scripted and non-scripted series, documentaries, animated programming and feature films.
“I’m thrilled to have Susan at the helm of WWE Studios given her vast relationships and experience in producing high-quality, compelling content,” Wilson said in a statement. “WWE Studios is making a big push in global content across genres and platforms to reach new audiences, super-serve our passionate fans and further establish the WWE brand.”
Former WWE Studios president Michael Luisi was fired in August 2018.
WWE Studios has had successes with shows such as “Total Divas” and “Total Bellas” on E!, “Miz & Mrs.” on USA, as well as documentaries in partnership with HBO and ESPN. The studio has also produced movies such as “The Call” and “The Marine” franchise and recently teamed up with Dwayne Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions, Kevin Misher and Film 4 to produce the feature film “Fighting with My Family,” which was written and directed by Stephen Merchant.
Levison joins WWE from CBS Television Studios, where she was senior vice president of alternative programming, responsible for all unscripted development and production across cable, streaming and digital platforms. While at CBS, Levison produced unscripted projects and series in a variety of genres.
“I could not be more excited to join WWE Studios,” Levison said in a statement. “This is a massive brand with a passionate worldwide audience and there are endless opportunities for WWE Studios to become a leading content provider around the world.”
Prior to CBS, Levison served as executive vice president of original programming and production at VH1, overseeing more than 350 hours of original programming and development each year. During that time, Levison ramped up the network’s scripted efforts, developing the critically acclaimed drama, “Hindsight.” She also launched “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood,” which ranked as cable’s highest-rated new unscripted series of 2014, and the Nicole Richie soft-scripted series “Candidly Nicole.”
Previously, Levison helped to launch FishBowl Worldwide Media, a start-up production company, where she developed, sold and produced scripted and unscripted series for Bravo, Discovery, TruTV, Animal Planet, Fuse and VH1.
She began her career at Fox Broadcasting Company in the alternative development where she worked on shows such as “American Idol,” “Temptation Island” and “The Simple Life.” She also worked in both the drama development and comedy development departments, where she worked on such series as Bones, House, and Bob’s Burgers.