Cori Abraham is the Senior Vice President of Development for Oxygen Media, responsible for the oversight of both the East and West Coast development teams. Abraham is the creative executive behind the development of series’ creative concepts, innovative formats, and fresh talent.
Abraham’s keen eye for projects that reflect the network’s “Live Out Loud” tagline and audience contributed to Oxygen’s success in 2012, becoming the youngest woman’s network and #1 women’s cable network in Monday prime for all key demos. On the pulse of the entertainment industry, she is credited with developing some of the biggest and most buzzed about reality hits. Successes under her leadership at Oxygen have included the network’s highest rated new series from 2012I’m Having Their Baby, which returns in 2013 with a season two, and most recently, a season two greenlight of the modeling competition seriesThe Face, with Naomi Campbell, Karolina Kurkova, Coco Rocha and Nigel Barker. Abraham also helped lead the network to successfully launch the first-ever unscripted spin-off of a scripted series, with the critically lauded and award-winning competition seriesThe Glee Project, following the network’s basic cable syndication rights to Twentieth Century Fox's Emmy® winning television seriesGlee. Responsible for more than 40 projects in the last year alone, Abraham and her team helped lead Oxygen to a nearly 50 percent increase in original programming in 2012.
Prior to Oxygen, Abraham served as Vice President of Development at Bravo Media, where she oversaw development on both coasts and executive produced such hits as the two time Emmy® award-winningKathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, and developedThe Real Housewives of Beverly HillsandThintervention with Jackie Warner. She was also behind the development of the freshman seriesBethenny Getting Married?, which became Bravo’s highest rated series premiere in the network’s history. Prior to her work at Bravo, she served as Director of Development and Executive Producer at VH1 and spent three years at FX as the Director of Comedy Development.
A highly regarded industry executive, Abraham has won two Emmys® for Bravo’sKathyGriffin: My Life on the D-List, and her shows have received NAMIC and GLAAD awards. Abraham is an active participant with NBCUniversal’s Executive Mentor Program, providing guidance, advice and a positive outlook on the media business to more than six mentees during her involvement, many of whom are now heads of production companies and top industry executives.
Abraham graduated from the University of Wisconsin with two bachelor degrees, one in Communications Arts and the other in Theatre Arts. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.
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