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EVP, Unscripted Content & Alternative Programming
Jesse Collins Entertainment
Based in Los Angeles, Merritt spearheads the creation, development and sales of non-scripted series and content as she leads the development team in business growth. Madison has sold shows to Amazon, D+, Peacock, Facebook, Lifetime, VH1, TLC, and HGTV among others. Prior to joining eOne, Merritt was the Founder of Mad Ave Entertainment, a company she created to develop television, branded entertainment and digital content. Under her leadership, Mad Ave Entertainment expanded the successful HGTV franchise, Flip or Flop, to Nashville, TN, along with the development of shows across the unscripted landscape.
Prior to Mad Ave Entertainment, Merritt was Senior Vice President of Series and Development at Ish Entertainment, where she oversaw the West Coast development. While at Ish she developed and shepherded a number of projects including All About Aubrey (Oxygen), Fix My Family (WeTV), Girlfriend Confidential: LA (Oxygen), Empire Girls (Style), T.I.’s Road to Redemption (MTV) and 50 Cent: The Money and the Power (MTV). Simultaneously, Merritt headed up the creation and sale of the Google YouTube Channel, Uno Dos Tres, a Hispanic digital channel targeted at second- and third-generation Latinos. Merritt began her career in New York working for VH1, CMT and Logo in Acquisitions and Co-Productions.
eOne’s current slate of unscripted series include the upcoming #impact, a six-part short-form documentary series for Nat Geo, with executive producer Gal Gadot; an untitled documentary about two-time Oscar nominee and nine-time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige for Amazon from Oscar-winning filmmaker Vanessa Roth (Freeheld); the upcoming Brad Goreski and Gary Janetti lifestyle docuseries, Brad & Gary Go To… for HBO Max; the all-female plastic surgeon revival of Dr.90210 on E!; No Limit Chronicles and Ruff Ryders Chronicles for BET; Waka & Tammy: What the Flocka for WEtv; Candy Land starring Kristin Chenoweth for Food Network; Lifetime’s Hopelessly in Love featuring Andre Rison; Faith Evans and Larry Birkhead; six-part series Object of Murder for ID; Untold Stories of Hip Hop with legendary radio host Angie Martinez; America Says for GSN, Ready for War executive produced by David Ayer and Chris Long’s Cedar Park and platinum-selling artist Drake and Adel Nur’s Dreamcrew for Showtime; Murder in the Thirst hosted by businesswoman, model, philanthropist, LisaRaye McCoy; Ex on the Beach which debuted as MTV’s highest rated non-“Jersey Shore” unscripted series launch in over 4 years; EX on the Beach: Peak of Love, the spinoff series from Ex on the Beach; Siesta Key from the producers of “Laguna Beach”; LadyGang, interview and pop culture series on E! based on the “Podcast of the Year” winner of the same name; Hustle In Brooklyn; Growing Up Hip Hop, Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta, Growing Up Hip Hop: New York; and Love and Listings.