Senior Vice President, Development and International
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Cori Abraham is the Senior Vice President of Development and International for Oxygen Media. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing the development team for which she reports to Rod Aissa, Senior Vice President, Original Programming and Development, while also heading up International for Oxygen, reporting to Jason Klarman, President of Oxygen Media.
Abraham is the creative executive behind the development of series’ creative concepts, innovative formats, and fresh talent, also working closely with the NBCU international sales team. Her International responsibilities include curating global formats that can be brought back to the U.S. as well as the global sale of Oxygen branded programming. On the pulse of industry trends, Abraham and her team are credited with developing some of the biggest and most buzzed about reality hits including the popular tattoo competition series “Best Ink,” which recently received a season three greenlight, and the first-ever unscripted spin-off of a scripted series, with the award-winning competition series “The Glee Project.” Additional successes include the network’s critically acclaimed docu-series “I’m Having Their Baby,” currently in its second season and modeling competition series “The Face,” with Naomi Campbell, premiering its sophomore season in early 2014. “The Face” has also been confirmed for a UK version to air on the Sky Living Network.
Prior to Oxygen, Abraham served as Vice President of Development at Bravo overseeing development on both coasts. During her tenure at Bravo, she executive produced such hits as the two time Emmy® award-winning “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” and developed “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.” She was also behind the development of the freshman series “Bethenny Getting Married?,” which became Bravo’s highest rated series premiere in the network’s history. Prior to her work at Bravo, she served as Director of Development and Executive Producer at VH1 and spent three years at FX as the Director of Comedy Development.
A highly regarded industry executive, Abraham has won two Emmys® for Bravo’s “Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List,” and her shows have received NAMIC and GLAAD awards. Abraham is an active participant with NBCUniversal’s Executive Mentor Program, providing guidance, advice and a positive outlook on the media business to more than six mentees during her involvement, many of whom are now heads of production companies and top industry executives.
Abraham graduated from the University of Wisconsin with two bachelor degrees, one in Communications Arts and the other in Theatre Arts. She currently resides in Los Angeles with her husband and two daughters.