Pitzer Alumna Lauren Dolgen ’97 Tapped to Head MTV’s Reality Programming

Lauren Dolgen '97Claremont, Calif. (March 19, 2015)—Pitzer College alumna Lauren Dolgen ’97 has been named head of reality programming and executive vice president of series development at MTV. Prior to this promotion, Dolgen headed West Coast reality programming for the network in addition to being EVP of series development.

During her 18-year tenure at MTV, Dolgen has played an integral role in the production, development and creation of a number of top-rated series and specials. She created and developed the documentary-series 16 and Pregnant and the follow-up series, Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2. Other credits include Jackass, BUCKWILD, Ridiculousness and Viva La Bam.

“Lauren eats, sleeps and breathes pop culture, creativity and storytelling, and her passion is evident in the many hit series she’s brought to air,” said Susanne Daniels, the president of MTV programming, in Variety.

Dolgen joined MTV after graduating from Pitzer College, following an internship in the communications department at MTV UK in London. She joined Viacom in 1997 as a production associate on Behind the Music for VH1 before moving to MTV, where she became a production coordinator. In 1999, she shifted from production to development, ultimately becoming senior vice president of series development for MTV, West Coast.

Dolgen double majored in the history of ideas and environmental studies at Pitzer College.

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