Contact: Kim ChesslerRegion: United States

Title: VP Reality Programming
Genre: Non-fiction
Region: United States

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Lifetime Television is committed to offering the highest quality entertainment and information programming, and advocating a wide range of issues affecting women and their families.  Lifetime Television®, LMN®, Lifetime Real Women® and Lifetime Digital™ are part of Lifetime Entertainment Services, LLC, a subsidiary of A+E Networks.  A+E Networks is a joint venture of the Disney-ABC Television Group and Hearst Corporation.

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Kimberly Chessler is Vice President, Non-Fiction Programming, of Lifetime.  Based in New York, she is responsible for developing and overseeing production of non-fiction projects for the network.    


Chessler joined Lifetime in 2010 as Senior Director, Reality Programming.  She has been responsible for overseeing the development and production of the network’s hit docusoap Dance Moms, starring Abby Lee Miller.  Chessler also oversaw the 2013 launch of Lifetime’s family docusoap Preachers’ Daughters, which follows the lives of teenage pastors’ daughters and their watchful parents as they balance the temptations of adolescence with the expectations of following household beliefs. Chessler’s current slate includes BAPS, Dance Moms season 4, Abby’s Studio Rescue, and Raising Asia as well as various projects in development. Chessler was promoted to her current position in 2012.


Prior to Lifetime, Chessler was at Oxygen for ten years, during which she held numerous positions, ranging from Manager of Development to Director of Production.  While there, she oversaw six seasons of Oxygen’s highest rated series The Bad Girls Club, as well as 150 hours of Snapped, its longest-running series, and the programs Dance Your Ass Off and Love Games: Bad Girls Need Love Too.


Originally from New Jersey, Chessler graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications.  She resides in New York with her husband, David Itskowitch, and their son.