BRAVO MEDIA APPOINTS RACHEL SMITH TO SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF DEVELOPMENT
New York, NY - January 4, 2017 - Bravo Media has appointed Rachel Smith to Senior Vice President, Development, it was announced today by Frances Berwick, President, Lifestyle Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, to whom she will report. Based in New York, Smith will oversee the non-scripted development for the network including pilots, casting reels and original concepts. Previously, Smith served as Senior Vice President, Current Production, Bravo and oversaw hit original series such as "The Real Housewives of Atlanta," "Don't Be Tardy... ," "The Real Housewives of Potomac" and "The Real Housewives of Dallas" as well as upcoming series "Summer House," "Relative Success with Tabatha," and "First Family of Hip Hop."
"Rachel's contributions to the Bravo current team have proven invaluable," said Berwick, "Given her track record of success and her extensive development background, she is exceptionally qualified to spearhead the development of Bravo's next generation of top quality content."
Prior to joining Bravo in 2013, Smith was Vice President, Original Programming at BBC America where she spearheaded the production of unscripted originals for the networkincluding the Emmy-nominated "Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan," "Royally Mad with Cat Deeley," "Richard Hammond's Crash Course," "The Nerdist with Chris Hardwick" and "Almost Royal," along with numerous specials around the "Planet Earth," "Top Gear" and "Doctor Who" franchises. Before BBC America, Smith held the role of Vice President, Development & Production, Scripted Programming at The Independent Film Channel and Executive Producer, Discovery Fit and Health & Planet Green. While at IFC, she developed and executive produced various scripted comedies including, "The Whitest Kids You Know," "Bollywood Hero with Chris Kattan" and "The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman." Smith previously worked at Bravo from 1999 to 2005 in both the development and production departments where she helped develop "The Real Housewives of Orange County," "Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles," and oversaw "The Kathy Griffin Show."
Smith is originally from Australia and received her Masters in Media Studies at The New School.
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