With AMC quickly growing its reality slate, the cable network is hiring a dedicated executive to oversee it. Eliot Goldberg is joining AMC in the newly created position of SVP Unscripted Programming. He starts next month, overseeing the day-to-day operations for the network’s original unscripted development as well as its current portfolio. He reports to Joel Stillerman, AMC’s EVP Original Programming, Production and Digital Content. “Eliot is a talented executive with both network and production company experience and a proven ability to tell authentic stories and find characters that resonate with audiences,” said Stillerman.
Goldberg comes from CMT, where he served as SVP Original Programming and Development and handled the development and oversight of such series as Bayou Billionaires — one of the highest-rated series in CMT’s history — and Dog and Beth: On the Hunt. Before that, Goldberg served as SVP Development and Original Programming at TV Land.There he developed and oversaw scripted and non-scripted programming and was involved in the development of comedies Hot in Cleveland, Retired at 35 and Happily Divorced. Before TV Land, Goldberg was EVP Programming and Development for Ryan Seacrest Prods. at the company’s launch. He created, developed and executive produced such series as megahit Keeping Up With The Kardashians, offshoot Khourtney And Khloe Take Miami and Denise Richards: It’s Complicated. Goldberg also developed the Emmy-winning ABC series Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution.
AMC first ventured into unscripted programming in 2011 with Talking Dead, the live after-show for The Walking Dead. A year later, the network introduced Comic Book Men, The Pitch and Small Town Security. Earlier this year, AMC launched an unscripted night of original programming on Thursdays and premiered Freakshow and Showville there. AMC’s latest reality entry, Owner’s Manual, debuts in August.