Kimberly Chessler has been promoted to the post of Vice President, Reality Programming, at Lifetime Networks, based in NYC and reporting to Gena McCarthy, Senior Vice President, Reality & Alternative Programming, Lifetime Networks. She will be responsible for developing and overseeing production of non-fiction projects for Lifetime.
Chessler joined Lifetime in 2010 as Senior Director, Reality Programming. She has been responsible for overseeing the development and production of the network’s hit docusoap Dance Moms, starring Abby Lee Miller, as well as the reality competition series Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition. Dance Moms is Lifetime’s youngest skewing series, with a median age of 32 years old. Chessler also oversaw Lifetime’s recent hidden-camera comedy show Prank My Mom and is currently preparing the launch of its upcoming family docusoap Preachers’ Daughters, which will follow the lives of teenage pastors’ daughters and their watchful parents as they balance the temptations of adolescence with the expectations of following household beliefs. Prior to Lifetime, she was at Oxygen for ten years, during which she held numerous positions, ranging from Manager of Development to Director of Production. While there, she oversaw six seasons of Oxygen’s highest rated series The Bad Girls Club, as well as 150 hours of Snapped, its longest-running series, and the programs Dance Your Ass Off and Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too.