Recently, the New York Film Academy invited MTV Senior VP of Series Development, Jacquelyn French, to speak during a Business of Screenwriting class. Ms French oversees creative development and production on numerous MTV series including “Snooki & Jwoww,” “The Real World,” currently in its 28th season and the soon to debut “The Show with Vinny.” She also served as one of the Executive Producers on the riveting and hugely successful “Jersey Shore,” granting her a well earned spot in TV and cultural folk lore. Over the years, she has also supervised the creative for MTV on such eclectic series as: “The Challenges,” “Run’s House,” “Making the Band,” “Road Rules,” “Daddy’s Girls,” “Fanatic,” and one of MTV’s early forays into scripted with “Undressed.”
Ms. French is a seasoned, MTV veteran having started at the network in 1993 and working her way up through a succession of positions. She began her MTV career in production management, and is one of the original team members that can lay claim as having worked on MTV’s very first summer beach house, as well as “MTV Spring Break,” the game show, “Idiot Savants” and two hugely popular music performance series, “Unplugged,” and “Live from the 10 Spot.” She fully transitioned into programming in 1999 where she performed various production roles from serving as executive in charge to executive producing.
Before joining MTV, Ms. French served as a writer and producer at DWJ Associates, creating video news releases and was a writer and associate producer at “Aviation Week and Space Technology” where she helped produced documentaries on military aircraft. Early in her career, she also worked with Linda Ellerbee for Nickelodeon, also a division of Viacom. She holds a BA from Syracuse University.
Given her strong background in the industry, Ms. French was able to provide valuable insight in regards to the business and creative side of series development. The lecture was well received by the class and the students were very appreciative of Jacquelyn’s visit. We’d like to thank Ms. French for taking time out of her busy schedule to speak at NYFA!