As Head of Original Programming for Esquire Network, Matt Hanna oversees the network’s current development slate for original series and specials, creating first-run programming for the network across all genres and dayparts, including formats, reality, docu-series and competition. Hanna’s slate is focused on diverse program categories that appeal to the network’s core audience: gaming, gear, style, entertainment, food, fashion, travel, competition, women, humor, technology and more. Announced original programs developed by his team for Esquire Network include Knife Fight, The Getaway, How I Rock It (working title) and Risky Listing (working title).
Prior to Esquire Network, Hanna was Senior Vice President of Development at True Entertainment. There, he oversaw the development of Bravo’s top-rated series, Real Housewives of Atlanta and fashion series Dukes of Melrose, among others. He also developed the addictive Too Cute for Animal Planet, Desert Car Kings for Discovery Channel and the upcoming Shopping Girls (working title) for TLC.
Before joining True, Hanna worked at BermanBraun, where he headed their alternative development. During his tenure, he developed and produced the reality competition series America’s Toughest Jobs with Thom Beers for NBC, the game show Duel for ABC, and the docu-format series Is She Really Going Out With Him? (based on the popular website Hot Chicks with Douchebags) for MTV.
Hanna began his career in television at VH1, where he was Vice President, Development, developing and serving as executive producer for series including Celebrity Fit Club, The Fabulous Life and The World Series of Pop Culture.
Before VH1, Hanna served as Associate Publisher for the popular and groundbreaking alternative music magazine SPIN.
Hanna is a native of New Jersey and a graduate of The College of the Holy Cross.
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