CNBC Jim Ackerman is Executive Vice President, Primetime Alternative Programming for CNBC. He is responsible for CNBC's strategy, development and production of new reality formats.
Jim 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.
In 1992, Ackerman joined "Lifetime" where he executive produced a youth-oriented talk show, "Jane Pratt on TV." The following year, he landed at ABC News as a full-time consultant, contributing concepts and ideas to the news magazine shows "Primetime Live" and "Day One."
In 1996, Ackerman was named Senior Broadcast Producer of "CBS This Morning," where he oversaw the show's editorial content.
In 1999, he left the news business and began developing his own original shows. Over the next few years, he sold a number of formats to third party production companies and secured a series of overall deals with Buena Vista Television (ABC/Disney), Warner Brothers Television and Fox. During this time, he executive produced a number of pilots and presentations. In 2002, he was the co-executive producer on the syndicated daytime show, "Caroline Rhea."
In 2003, Ackerman was recruited by Vh1 to oversee East Coast development and was key member of the creative team that oversaw five years of consecutive quarterly growth. In 2006, he was named Senior Vice President of Development and Production.
At Vh1, Ackerman personally developed a number of popular hit series including "Tool Academy," "Love & Hip Hop" and "Scream Queens."He also oversaw 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 franchise "Saw."He helped launch websites; Bestweekever.tv accounts for almost 20% of Vh1.com's total traffic. And, he created a soft-scripted show, "Free Radio," that was fully funded through Vh1's integrated marketing department.
Ackerman lives in Montclair, New Jersey with his wife, Nina (a development exec for HBO who constantly steals his ideas), their children Sam and Natalie and two Labs, Annie and Gia