Long-time ABC News producer Vinnie Malhotra has joined CNN as the news network’s senior vice president for development and acquisitions. He comes to CNN from ESPN, where he was vice president of content development. Malhotra will be based in LA and will report to senior vice president for talent and content development Amy Entelis.

“Vinnie has a strong record of creating captivating programming, an award-winning news background covering major national and international stories, and experience integrating content across multiple platforms.” says Entelis, in announcing the hire. “We welcome Vinnie to CNN and are thrilled to have him join our team.”