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Pivot Promotes Christy Spitzer To Senior Vice President, Original Programming

LOS ANGELES (April 10, 2015) ­– Participant Media’s television network, Pivot, today announced the promotion of Christy Spitzer to Senior Vice President, Original Programming. Spitzer will continue to be based out of Pivot’s Los Angeles office and will report to Pivot Executive Vice President, Original Programming, Belisa Balaban.
As part of her new role, Spitzer will oversee development, production, and execution of Pivot’s special event programming including “The Peabody Awards,” and future live formats and specials.

Spitzer joined Pivot in April 2014 and quickly established herself as an integral part of the programming group. During her tenure, she has overseen the development and production of alternative programming for Pivot, including “Welcome to Fairfax,” “Freestyle Love Supreme,” and the upcoming “Secret Lives of Americans,” and “Untitled Brian Knappenberger Project,” as well as the return of hit series with new seasons of “Human Resources,” “Hit Record on TV with Joseph Gordon-Levitt,“ “Angry Planet,” and “The Operatives.”

Balaban commented: “Christy has been a key part of Pivot’s original programming expansion. She excels as a programmer and as a manager, and her creative sensibility is the perfect fit for our network.”

Prior to joining Pivot, Spitzer held the position of Vice President of Series Development at MTV. Her many credits include “Savage U,” the Emmy®-nominated “It Gets Better” specials, and numerous docu-soaps from “Washington Heights” to “Laguna Beach.” Prior to joining MTV, Spitzer worked at Columbia Pictures focusing on several promotional platforms including Oscar® campaigns for Something’s Gotta Give and Big Fish. In her time as a freelance showrunner, Spitzer worked with Margaret Cho to produce a hybrid reality sitcom “The Cho Show” for VH1, and spent time at Lion Television USA as part of the team that launched “Wasted” for Planet Green.


About Pivot

Pivot (http://www.Pivot.tv) is a television network from Participant Media with a diverse slate of original series, acquired programming, films and documentaries. Pivot focuses on entertainment that sparks conversation, inspires change and illuminates issues through engaging content and, through its websiteTakePart.com, connects audiences to a wealth of content and customizable actions. Pivot is available in over 47 million homes nationally via major cable providers and offers subscribers a live and on-demand streaming option via its interactive, downloadable Pivot app. Follow Pivot on Twitter at @pivot_tv and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pivottelevision.

Participant Media (http://www.ParticipantMedia.com) is a global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature film, television, publishing, and digital content that inspires social change. Through its films, social action campaigns, digital network, and its television network, Participant seeks to entertain, encourage and empower every individual to take action.