Adrienne O’Riain serves as senior director of drama development for TNT. In this capacity, she has helped launch some of the network’s biggest hits, including two of basic cable’s Top 3 new series of 2012, Dallas and Perception. She has also been closely involved in the development of TNT’s newest scripted series, including the upcoming Legends and The Last Ship. O’Riain, who joined TNT in 2011, is based in Los Angeles and reports to Brett Weitz, senior vice president of scripted development for TNT and TBS.
2004 to 2011, O’Riain was part of Denis Leary and Jim Serpico’s New York–based Apostle, which produced the FX hit series Rescue Me. As vice president of development, she had the opportunity to work on new drama and comedy projects through the company’s development deals at Sony, CBSTVS and FTVS. Among the shows on which she worked are Canterbury’s Law for FOX and Shorties Watchin’ Shorties, The Comedy Central Roast of Jeff Foxworthy and Denis Leary’s Merry F#%$in’ Christmas for Comedy Central.
O’Riain began her career in Canada, where she spent five summers as a technical assistant for Galérie SAW Video, an Ontario-based production cooperative where she assisted video artists and documentary filmmakers in the use of production and editing equipment.
O’Riain graduated with honors from McGill University in Montreal, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English and cultural studies. She went on to earn a master’s degree in film and video from York University in Toronto.