Spike TV has named a Discovery Channel executive to its newly created position of VP of original series, Broadcasting & Cable reported.
The exec is Chris Rantamaki, who has been vice president of production for Discovery Channel. Sharon Levy, executive vice president, original series and animation, for Spike made the announcement.
In a statement, Levy said, "We’re thrilled to add someone of Chris’ caliber to our team. With such extensive experience in the reality television world, we look forward to him playing an instrumental part in developing programming that resonates with our viewers."
In his tenure with Discovery, Rantamaki helped usher in the popular series "Auction Kings," "Gang Wars" and "The Colony," among others. Before that stint, as an executive producer, Rantamaki was responsible for shows including "Miami Ink," "Jerry Springer" and "Ambush Makeover."