FremantleMedia North America has named former BBC Entertainment executive and producer Sean Hancock as VP Alternative Programming, CEO Thom Beers announced today. Hancock begins his new position April 28 reporting to EVP Alternative Programming Toby Gorman. In his new role, Hancock will be responsible for development and production of reality competition, game show and other unscripted programming. Hancock moves to FremantleMedia following a three-and-a-half-year stint as commissioning editor at BBC Entertainment. During his tenure there he greenlit and/or executive produced a slate of programming, including BAFTA-winning The Revolution Will Be Televised, six seasons of Russell Howard’s Good News, The Michael McIntyre Chat Show, Sweat The Small Stuff and Junior Doctors.
The news comes the same day that FremantleMedia North America’s Family Feud announced it had shattered a ratings record. The Steve Harvey-hosted game show hit a 6.1 household rating during the week ending January 26. That puts the show up 7% in household ratings over the prior week, 20% vs the comparable week last season and up 336% since Harvey assumed the hosting reins in September 2010. Feud is now cleared by Debmar-Mercury between 5 and 8 PM in more than 70% of the U.S. In total viewers, Feud nabbed more than 9.2 million for the week, up 9% from the previous week and 18% from a year ago.