truTV Taps Linn As President, Programming Chief

Chris-Linn-AMTV executive Chris Linn has taken over as president and head of programming at truTV, effectively replacing Marc Juris, who joined the network when it was still Court TV. In addition to programming, Linn’s duties will also include oversight of marketing and digital operations at the Turner network.

At MTV, Linn was executive vice president of programming and head of production. He will report to Steve Koonin, president of the Turner entertainment networks, who oversaw the 2008 switchover to truTV and ushered in hit “Hardcore Pawn.”

Koonin indicated Linn will be charged with trying to attract a younger audience, stating: “With his proven ability to reach and understand the young-adult audience, Chris has successfully developed shows that evolve beyond the television screen to become full-fledged phenomena.”

He joined MTV in 2004 and had been in his current role since late 2010, playing a prominent role in the “Jersey Shore” franchise, overseeing production of “The Real World” and helping develop “Catfish.”

Linn spent time at Nickelodeon and Spike before joining MTV.



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