Online television studio Next New Networks today reorganized its staff, bringing on producer Kathleen Grace to head up programming. Grace, creator of The Burg and The All-for-Nots, had already been working closely with NNN as a producer on its TMI Weekly and 99 Dollar Music Videos. Alongside the reorganization, the company laid off about five employees, news which was first reported by Silicon Alley Insider as much broader layoffs.
Grace, a pioneer of entrepreneurial web video, is a good hire for NNN, and will take over programming responsibilities from co-founder Tim Shey, who now runs “audience development” — as the press release puts it, “working with all of the company’s networks and shows to gain exposure, create engaged, loyal fan bases, and codify the methodology that has led the company to be the most-viewed online television company in the world.”
A company representative attributed the layoffs to overlapping responsibilities within the new structure of the organization.
Next New Networks, which makes and distributes shows such as Fast Lane Daily, Indy Mogul and Barely Political (aka Obama Girl), last raised funding in March 2008 — a $15 million Series B round. Last fall, the company brought on a new CEO, Lance Podell, to replace co-founder Herb Scannell.