Contact: Jim AckermanRegion: United States

Title: EVP Primetime Alternative CNBC
Genre: Factual
Region: United States

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With CNBC in the U.S., CNBC in Asia Pacific, CNBC in Europe, Middle East and Africa, CNBC World and CNBC HD , CNBC is the recognized world leader in business news and provides real-time financial market coverage and business information to more than 395 million homes worldwide, including more than 100 million households in the United States and Canada. CNBC also provides daily business updates to 400 million households across China. The network's 16 live hours a day of business programming in North America (weekdays from 4:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m. ET) is produced at CNBC's global headquarters in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and includes reports from CNBC News bureaus worldwide. CNBC at night is the all new CNBC Prime featuring a mix of new reality programming, CNBC's highly successful series produced exclusively for CNBC including "American Greed" and "Crime Inc." and a number of distinctive in-house documentaries.  Current successes include “The Profit” and “Restaurant Startup”.

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Jim Ackerman is Senior Vice President, Primetime Alternative for CNBC.  He is responsible for CNBC’s strategy, development and production of new reality formats.

Prior to coming to CNBC, Ackerman spent almost 10 years at VH1 where he was a Senior Vice President and a key member of the creative team that oversaw five years of consecutive quarterly growth.

At Vh1, Ackerman created a number of popular hit series including “Love & Hip Hop,” “Tool Academy,” and “Scream Queens.”  He also oversaw many long-running hit franchises like “Celebrity Fit Club,” “Best Week Ever” and “What Chilli Wants.”

During his time at Vh1, Ackerman created partnerships with movie studios; the winner of “Scream Queens” received a substantial role in the Lionsgate horror franchise “Saw.”  He helped launch websites; which at one point accounted for almost 20% of’s total traffic.  And, he created a scripted show, “Free Radio,” that was fully funded through Vh1’s integrated marketing department.

Prior to that Ackerman had stints with Buena Vista Television (ABC/Disney) and Warner Brothers Television where he developed formats and oversaw a number of syndicated pilots.  During 2002, he was the Co-Executive Producer of the syndicated daytime show, “Caroline Rhea.”

Ackerman started his career as a producer on NBC’s "Today Show" in 1985.  During his tenure at NBC News he also produced for the primetime magazine shows "Dateline NBC," Real Life with Jane Pauley" and "First Person with Maria Shriver."  In 1992, he oversaw the primetime special “Today at 40” that celebrated the 40th anniversary of the Today Show.   He also spent a  year at ABC news as a creative consultant to the news magazine shows, “Primetime Live” and “Day One.”  And worked two years as Senior Broadcast Producer of “CBS This Morning” where he oversaw the show’s editorial content.

Ackerman lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife, Nina (a development exec for HBO who constantly steals his ideas).  He has two children, Sam and Natalie and two Labs, Annie and Gia.