[01/03/11 - 09:03 AM]
BBC America Hires Discovery and IFC Exec to Development Role
Smith will oversee all aspects of non-scripted program development for the channel.

[via press release from BBC America]


- Perry Simon's first appointment marks commitment to original content-

New York, January 3, 2011 - Perry Simon, BBC Worldwide America's GM, Channels, has made his first appointment, hiring former Discovery, IFC and Bravo Production and Development executive, Rachel Smith, to the newly-created position of VP, Original Programming. The appointment reinforces BBC AMERICA's commitment to developing original content for the channel.

Reporting to Richard De Croce, SVP Programming, BBC AMERICA, Smith will oversee all aspects of non-scripted program development for the channel. As well as working closely with BBC Worldwide Productions, BBC Worldwide's own west coast production studio, Smith will be charged with developing relationships with show creators, talent, agents and writers in the U.S. and UK to identify and develop program formats, concepts and genres specifically designed for BBC AMERICA.

Perry Simon, BBC Worldwide America's GM, Channels, says: �Rachel's appointment marks an important milestone for BBC AMERICA, as we move into the development of original programming for the channel. Our aim is to create a slate that speaks to an American audience with the same quality, intelligence, irreverence and innovation that you expect from the BBC. This is an exciting new era for BBC AMERICA, and Rachel will play a key role as we move forward.�

Rachel Smith added: "It's an honor and a privilege to be part of the team charged with extending the much revered BBC brand into home grown American content. I look forward to working with the BBC AMERICA team and program makers to create some great shows for the channel."

Smith joins BBC AMERICA from Discovery's Planet Green where she played a major role in the network's original programming strategy and mandate, and oversawthe development and production of non-scripted, primetime original programming for the channel, including titles such as Dresscue Me, Dean of Invention and Operation Wild.

Prior to this, Smith was VP Development & Production for scripted programming at IFC, overseeing all aspects of development and production for the network. She joined Bravo in 1999 first as Manager of Production and later as Director of Development where she developed the original Real Housewives of Orange County and executive produced primetime reality-based series including Being Bobby Brown and the Emmy-award winning Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.

She began her career in television research in her native Australia, working for the public broadcaster channel SBS, before moving to New York to work with Deep River Productions.

Smith has a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney, Australia, and a Master of Arts degree from the New School University in New York.

BBC AMERICA brings audiences a new generation of award-winning television featuring news with a uniquely global perspective, provocative dramas, razor-sharp comedies, life-changing makeovers and a whole new world of nonfiction. BBC AMERICA pushes the boundaries to deliver high quality, highly addictive and eminently watchable programming to viewers who demand more. It is available on digital cable and satellite TV in more than 68 million homes.

  [january 2011]  

(series past and present)
(series in development)
(tv movies and mini-series)

[10/06/15 - 03:31 PM]
E!'s Hit Series "Total Divas" Begins Production on Season Five
The Bella Twins (Nikki and Brie Bella), Natalya (Nattie), Eva Marie, Paige, Rosa Mendes and Alicia Fox are all due back in early 2016.

[10/06/15 - 03:30 PM]
Sanaa Lathan ("The Perfect Guy") to Star in New Event Series Being Developed by FOX
The project examines the dangerous aftermath of a police shooting when an African-American cop kills a white teen in Tennessee.

[10/06/15 - 01:44 PM]
National Geographic Channel and Mental Floss Celebrate the Intersection of Science and Medicine, Taking Viewers into a Cutting-Edge Operating Room to Perform "Brain Surgery Live"
The live two-hour special premieres in the U.S. on Sunday, October 25 at 9:00/8:00c.

[10/06/15 - 01:08 PM]
Thinkfactory Media Partners with Hip Hop Legend, Michel'le to Reveal Her Untold Story from the Streets of Compton
In addition to the scripted project, Thinkfactory Media and Michel'le are collaborating on a documentary detailing her life.

[10/06/15 - 11:53 AM]
Esquire Network Dives in Head First with the New Season of "Going Deep with David Rees" Beginning Wednesday November 11th
To promote the series, David will embark on an "analog" social media tour - where he drives cross-country from NYC to LA.

[10/06/15 - 11:14 AM]
Hulu and Viacom Expand Content Partnership In Robust, New Multi-Year Agreement
"Inside Amy Schumer," "Broad City," "Finding Carter," "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" and "Sanjay and Craig" are among the featured titles.

[10/06/15 - 11:00 AM]
truTV Greenlights "Super Into" Hosted by Kevin Pereira
Each half-hour asks our favorite celebrities to take us inside their private passions - from Rob Corddry and astronomy, including a ride on a zero gravity plane, to Diablo Cody and rollercoasters.

[10/06/15 - 10:33 AM]
New Art of Speedy from The CW's "Arrow"
The new season kicks off this Wednesday, October 7 at 8:00/7:00c.

[10/06/15 - 10:00 AM]
Timely Documentary "3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets," Exploring the Deadly Impact of Racial Prejudice, Debuts Nov. 23, Exclusively on HBO
The documentary made its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, where it won a Special Jury Award for Social Impact.

[10/06/15 - 10:00 AM]
ABC Family Becomes Freeform in January 2016
"Pretty Little Liars," "The Fosters," "Young and Hungry" and "Baby Daddy" will all return in early 2016 for their winter premieres alongside the world premieres of new original series "Shadowhunters" and "Recovery Road."

[10/06/15 - 09:32 AM]
MTV Announces Full Lineup for New York Comic Con - Releases Key Art for "The Shannara Chronicles"
Each can't-miss panel will feature cast and producers from the shows and the debut of exclusive New York Comic Con trailers.

[10/06/15 - 09:30 AM]
"Scorpion" Grows in Viewers, Adults 18-49 and Adults 25-54
CBS spins the numbers for Monday, October 5.

[10/06/15 - 09:07 AM]
ABC Is Set to Celebrate the Milestone 20th Anniversary of "Toy Story" - The Film That Started the Computer Generated Animation Revolution - In the Original Special, "Toy Story 20th Anniversary," To Air in December
The special will air along with a showing of "Toy Story" that same evening.

[10/06/15 - 09:03 AM]
"48 Hours: The Doctor's Daughter" Is Saturday's #1 Non-Sports Broadcast with Viewers
CBS spins the numbers for Saturday, October 3.

[10/06/15 - 09:01 AM]
New "Rocky Horror Show" Premieres Midnight Saturday, October 18 on BBC America
"I'm still in awe at the popularity of the show," said Richard O'Brien, creator and narrator.