Tony DiSanto is the President of Programming, and Development for MTV. He is also the Executive Producer of Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County, Run's House, The Hills, 8th and Ocean, and The Andy Milonakis Show. In 1998 he co-created Total Request Live ("TRL") with Carson Daly, as well as Say What? Karaoke, two shows that had long runs on MTV. Tony is a graduate of NYU Film School and worked as a director of music videos, short films and promotional spots prior to taking a staff production job at MTV in the mid-1990s..
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Ben Silverman’s Electus is launching Loud, its latest YouTube channel, on July 2, featuring programming from a roster of pop culturati that includes Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman, Quddus, and two MMA legends.
Tony DiSanto, the president of programming for MTV, and Liz Gateley, the vice president of series development, are leaving the cable channel at the end of the year.
MTV is remaking itself as the place to go for hip and funny teen dramas and its inspiration has come from the UK. From the much-anticipated remake of Skins, which starts on MTV early next year, to a planned redo of scabrous school comedy The Inbetweeners (a deal is being finalised), MTV executives are betting that audiences have had enough of the polished "everything works out in the end" school drama and they are putting their money on British teen formats.