2019 Women to Watch Honoree
Executive Vice President, Programming, Debmar Mercury
Alexandra Jewett is executive vice president, programming, for Liongate’s Debmar-Mercury, a leading media company. Working in partnership with executive vice president, programing, Lonnie Burstein, the team oversees all programming, development and production for the syndicator.
Jewett, an award-winning creative executive and former executive producer, joined Debmar-Mercury in September 2010 as senior VP, programming, and has played a pivotal role in expanding and growing the media company’s talk and game show portfolios. She was promoted to her current position in August 2014.
Under the close watch of Jewett, The Wendy Williams Show took its place among the top tier of national daytime talk shows in the 2014-15 season, continuing to perform strongly entering its 10th season in 2018-19.
Jewett is also overseeing production on Citylife Productions’ Caught in Providence, the social media phenomenon that Debmar-Mercury will distribute nationally starting in September 2018. Earlier, she developed and oversaw production for Celebrity Name Game with Craig Ferguson, the Daytime Emmy-winning game show co-produced by Debmar-Mercury and FremantleMedia North America, as well as the syndicator’s The Jeremy Kyle Show, which she launched and oversaw day-to-day production.
Debmar-Mercury also has U.S. distribution rights to FremantleMedia North America’s Steve Harvey-hosted Family Feud; Comedy Central’s off-Netflix episodes of BoJack Horseman from Michael Eisner’s privately held media and entertainment company, The Tornante Company; as well as U.S. distribution rights to Schitt’s Creek, the critically acclaimed half-hour, single-camera scripted comedy created by Eugene Levy and Daniel Levy that ranks as the No. 1 original series on Pop TV; the 10/90 sitcoms Debmar-Mercury pioneered including Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and spinoff Meet the Browns; Revolution/CubeVision’s Are We There Yet? (starring Ice Cube); and the Debmar-Mercury / Lionsgate Television comedy Anger Management (starring Charlie Sheen).
Jewett joined Debmar-Mercury from CBS Television Distribution (CTD), where she served as VP of programming and development, East Coast, beginning in 2006. There, she supported the launch of The Rachael Ray Show and the final seasons of The Montel Williams Show.
From 2004-06, Jewett created and executive produced the award-winning series Operation Homecoming for TLC—also serving as a programming consultant for the network—and Rebuilt: The Human Body Shop for Discovery Health Network.
In 2002, Jewett launched and executive produced The John Walsh Show for NBC Universal. Earlier, as executive VP of All American Communications/Orbis Entertainment, Jewett developed and adapted U.S. formats (ranging from newsmagazines to daily talk shows) for the international marketplace. She also developed, launched and executive produced highly successful talk shows for multiple territories in Europe, while serving as an executive producer for Multimedia Entertainment from 1993-96.
Jewett began her TV career as a producer for The Phil Donahue Show in 1989. The popular program garnered four Daytime Emmy® nominations for Outstanding Talk/Service Show during her four-year tenure.