/// David Levy Pushes Unscripted Shows on Turner Networks

March 25, 2013  |  Media Week

David Levy’s relaxation technique is pretty simple. “Every time I get too stressed I look out across here and there’s not an ad in sight,” he said, gesturing to the vast, Emmy-lined window of his corner office in New York’s Time Warner Center. It’s true. The only recognizable brand from Levy’s perch is Central Park. The president of sales, distribution and sports for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., will need to stay loose in the coming months. He’s preparing for some major changes at his flagship networks this fall. “We’re not abandoning scripted,” he cautioned. “But we are going to start getting involved in unscripted for both TBS and TNT.” A heavy emphasis on unscripted would be a serious change in the weather for both networks, which historically have relied on acquired syndicated content to serve as launch pads for their original scripted series. Sometimes the strategy has worked. TNT’s syndication of Law & Order has helped to buttress shows like The Closer and its spin-off, Major Crimes. But sometimes it hasn’t

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