Kimberly Chessler is Vice President, Unscripted Programming, of Lifetime. Based in New York, she is responsible for developing and overseeing production of non-fiction projects for the network.
Chessler, who joined Lifetime in 2010, has been responsible for overseeing some of Lifetime’s biggest unscripted hits including all seasons of Dance Moms and its spin offs including Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition and Dance Moms Miami. Chessler also oversees some of the networks’ unscripted documentary specials, including 2020’s Beyond the Headlines: The Kamiyah Mobley Story with Robin Roberts. Other projects under her purview have included the docuseries Preacher’s Daughters, Glam Masters, Atlanta Plastic, BAPS and The Mother/Daughter Experiment to name a few.
Prior to Lifetime, Chessler was at Oxygen for ten years, during which 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 and children.