Fox Hires New Head of Reality Division

Oct 22, 2013  •  Post A Comment

Fox has filled the post of executive VP of alternative entertainment, which has been open since the departure five months ago of Mike Darnell, B&C reports. Darnell left the company after 18 years to head up unscripted and alternative for Warner Bros. TV.

The company announced it has hired Simon Andreae for the post, the story reports.

Said Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly: “This was a highly sought-after role in town, and given Fox’s legacy in groundbreaking unscripted entertainment, we were looking for a particular caliber of executive — and we found the perfect fit in Simon. Not only is Simon known for innovative thinking, he’s a dynamic leader who has been a producer and a network executive on both sides of the pond, and he has the energy and drive to open a new chapter in Fox unscripted.”

B&C notes: "Andreae was most recently VP of production and development on the West Coast for Discovery Channel, where he oversaw development for series ‘Naked and Afraid,’ ‘Fast N’ Loud’ and ‘Curiosity.’ He will be based in Los Angeles."

Over the summer Andreae launched the production company Scarlet Media in the U.K., the report notes.

"Prior to joining Discovery, Andreae served as president of The Incubator, which produced unscripted shows for Spike, USA, VH1, Discovery, History, Channel 4, TLC and Science, including ‘Through the Wormhole,’" B&C adds.

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