Jerry Leo, Executive Vice President, Program Strategy and Acquisitions Bravo and Oxygen Media, and Production Bravo Media, oversees the current slate of originals, from the creative to production operations and management of over 30 series. Additionally, Leo oversees the strategic planning of all linear and digital scheduling. He directs the programming calendar during all points of its creation and transformation, from the daily scheduling output to long-range planning, including yearly “upfront” strategy. Leo works closely with the research, marketing and creative programming teams to help set goals for current series that best support and extend the brand. As a true student of television, he also heads up the network’s pop culture and entertainment trend tracking.
Leo joined Bravo in 2005 as Vice President, Strategic Program Planning & Scheduling and oversaw six consecutive years of ratings growth and helped launch tentpole series to record ratings including the Project Runway seasons 2-5, the Emmy winning Top Chef franchise, Emmy winning Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, The Real Housewives franchise, The Millionaire Matchmaker, Watch What Happens Live, Million Dollar Listing, Rachel Zoe Project, Bethenny Ever After, Flipping Out, Inside The Actor’s Studio, and Tabatha’s Salon Takeover. Also, during his tenure, he expanded scheduling from two nights to five nights of seamless original programming. Prior to Bravo, Leo held a number of positions at VH1, most recently as Vice President, Program Planning where he led the program strategy for Behind The Music, the I Love the 80s franchise, Divas Live, the 100 Greatest franchise, Storytellers, Pop Up Video and the Celebreality franchise. Prior to that, Leo was at MTV, where he was Manager, Program Planning and Acquisitions. He also worked in MTV’s Production and Series Development departments. Leo began his television career at NBC in the Corporate Communications, Prime Time Sales and Entertainment Programming departments.
Leo holds a B.S. degree in Television, Radio and Film Management from the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and currently resides in New York City.