Industrial Media taps ‘Wahlburgers’ producer to head East Coast division

Devon Hammonds

UTA-backed Industrial Media has named Wahlburgers EP Devon Hammonds as SVP of development and current programming for its East Coast operations.

Hammonds will lead Industrial Media’s New York and Atlanta production hubs, providing day-to-day support for the firm’s various production partners, including Matthew Galkin’s Fairhaven Films and Christina Douglas’s Momentum Content.

Hammonds will report into CEO Eli Holzman and president Aaron Saidman.

The exec previously worked with Holzman and Saidman on A&E’s doc series Leah Remini: Scientology & The Aftermath, which is produced by Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation.

At A&E, Hammonds exec produced more than 30 series, and most recently served as VP of development and programming. She joined the network in 2012 as director of non-fiction and alternative programming. Her EP credits include Shipping Wars, Wahlburgers and Nightwatch.

Prior to A&E, she worked at Disney’s Buena Vista Productions, and was part of the team that oversaw programmes such as Live With Regis And Kelly and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?.

Holzman and Saidman said: “Devon has been our trusted colleague in this industry for years and we are thrilled that she will be joining the team leading our East Coast outposts. She is an incredibly talented executive and leader with invaluable creative instincts. We are excited to continue our partnership with her in this new capacity,” said Holzman and Saidman.

Hammonds added: “Rarely in this business do you have the good fortune to work with people who have the extraordinary combination of creative vision and business acumen that Eli and Aaron possess. As a network executive, it made them the perfect partners and I’m grateful for the incredible opportunity to learn from the best and to help drive the future success of Industrial Media and all of our brands under their leadership.”

Separately, the company has also promoted a development exec on Industrial Media’s The Intellectual Property Corporation’s (IPC). Matt Zien will take on the dual roles of VP of development and creative director for IPC and head of brand development for Industrial Media.

Additionally, Patrick Murphy has also been elevated to the role of manager of development for IPC.

Industrial Media was previously known as Core Media Group, whose slate includes the likes of American Idol, co-produced by 19 Entertainment for ABC, and So You Think You Can Dance by 19 Entertainment for Fox

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