Speaker Cori Abraham
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SVP, Development, Documentary & Crime
As Senior Vice President, Development, Production and International, Oxygen Media, Cori Abraham is responsible for overseeing the development team as well as heads up International for the network. Based in Los Angeles, Abraham reports to Rod Aissa, Executive Vice President, Original Programming and Development.
Abraham is the executive behind the development of series’ creative concepts and innovative formats while also which reflect Oxygen’s true crime programming filter. Since the network rebrand, Oxygen’s true crime programming has grown its total viewership for three consecutive years in a row.
As the destination for quality true crime programming, Abraham is focused on developing thoughtful and groundbreaking series for the network including “In Ice Cold Blood,” “Injustice with Nancy Grace,” “Mark of a Killer” and “Up and Vanished,” as well as buzzy event series including “Catching a Serial Killer: Sam Little,” “Dirty John, The Dirty Truth,” “The Disappearance of Natalee Holloway” and “Aaron Hernandez Uncovered.” Abraham also heads up International for the network where her responsibilities include curating global formats that can be brought back to the U.S. as well as the global sale of Oxygen branded programming. Most recently, she worked with NBCUniversal International Networks to secure the first launch of Oxygen outside of the US with Fetch TV in Australia.
Prior to Oxygen, Abraham served as Vice President of Development at Bravo overseeing development on both coasts. During her tenure, she executive produced such hits as the two time Emmy® award-winning “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” and developed “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” She was also behind the development of the freshman series “Bethenny Getting Married?,” which at the time became Bravo’s highest rated series premiere in the network’s history. Previously, 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 and member of The Television Academy and the Producers Guild of America, Abraham has won two Emmy® Awards and her shows have received numerous NAMIC and GLAAD awards. She is an active participant with NBCUniversal’s Executive Mentor Program, providing guidance, advice and a positive outlook on the media business. Over the course of Abraham’s involvement, her mentees have continued on in their careers becoming heads of production companies and top industry executives. Abraham has also served as an industry expert speaking on many panels including those at Realscreen Summit and has also been honored by CableFAX as one of the “Most Powerful Women in Cable.”
Abraham graduated from the University of Wisconsin with two bachelor degrees, one in Communications Arts and the other in Theatre Arts.
Speaking on: 30 Minutes With: Cori Abraham, Oxygen