As senior vice president of original programming and development for WE tv, David Stefanou is responsible for discovering and developing fresh, unscripted series that align with the network’s original programming slate. Stefanou has been instrumental in leading the development team in creating brand-defining hits like theLove After Lockupfranchise,Growing Up Hip Hop,Mama June: From Not to Hot,Untold Stories of Hip Hophosted by hip hop radio legend Angie Martinez and more. Fueled by its popular franchises, WE tv finished 2019 as the #1 cable network on Thursday and Friday night among African American women.
Stefanou has been with WE tv since 2014, and joining the company as vice president, development. Prior to joining WE tv, Stefanou served as senior vice president of programming at True Entertainment and oversawSeason 25: Oprah Behind the Sceneson OWN,Too Cuteon Animal Planet, andThe A Listfranchise on Logo, as well as a variety of shows for Bravo, Discovery and TLC. During his time at True Entertainment, he led the company’s foray into scripted fare and oversaw unscripted development. Before then, Stefanou served as vice president of original programming at Oxygen where he launchedHair Battle Spectacular,Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too, andDance Your Ass Off, and oversaw continuing series likeBad Girls Club, Tori & Dean: Home Sweet HollywoodandSnapped. Before joining Oxygen, he held positions at MTV UK, Wendy Finerman Productions and Franklin & Siegel Associates.
Stefanou graduated cum laude from Amherst College with a B.A. in Theater and English.