Charter appoints first head of original content

Jason McGee-Abe
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Charter Communications has announced that Katherine Pope has joined the company as senior vice president, head of original content

In this newly-created role, Pope will oversee all original programming efforts, including the creation and launch of Charter's upcoming slate of new shows available first on its platform, and will oversee Charter's announced original content partnerships with AMC and Viacom, along with other partnerships established in the future. 

"We are very pleased and incredibly excited to have Katherine Pope leading original content creation for Charter," said David Ellen, senior executive vice president, who now Los Angeles-based Pope.

"Katherine's creativity, strategic prowess, and wealth of industry knowledge will play an instrumental role in positioning Charter as an industry leader in the creation and distribution of high-quality, original entertainment that will further differentiate Charter's market-leading video products in ways that create value and drive subscribership."

Pope joins Charter from Studio 8 where she served as head of TV and helped launch the company's independent television division. Prior to Studio 8, Pope served as president of television at Chernin Entertainment from its founding in 2009, overseeing all creative development and production for the Twentieth Century Fox-based production company. Pope spent ten years at NBC/NBC Universal Television Studios where she served in a number of leadership roles including executive vice president of the network and president of the Studio. She began her career in network news at CBS and ABC News, producing documentaries and specials.

"I'm excited to partner with networks, studios, and creators to build a high-quality original content experience for Charter's wide-reaching and diverse audience," added Pope. "I look forward to working with David and the extraordinary team at Charter."

Last year reports surfaced that Altice was rumoured to be preparing a bid of $185 billion or more to acquire US cable operator Charter Communications and back in March 2017, Charter CEO Tom Rutledge and President Trump announced that Charter Communications was to invest $25 billion on broadband infrastructure and technology over the next four years. GTB