After a lengthy search, New Regency has found an executive to lead the company’s return to television. Syfy programming executive Andrew Plotkin has been named EVP Television for New Regency. The move comes five years after New Regency’s previous TV outfit, Regency Television, a co-venture with Fox TV Studios, was shut down. Regency’s nearly 10 years of operation produced such series and Malcolm In The Middle and The Bernie Mac Show. Plotkin will oversee New Regency’s original television production, co-finance, and domestic and international distribution activities, reporting to CEO Brad Weston. “We set out to grow our television business in much the same way that we have built our film business — through a talent-driven and hands-on approach that allows Regency to be a part of projects and partnerships that we believe in,” said Weston. “Andrew brings immense talent and unparalleled enthusiasm to Regency. We could not be more thrilled to have him on our team as we re-energize our television division.”

Plotkin most recently served as SVP Original Programming for Syfy. In March, he informed the network brass that he will leave when his contract was up in June to pursue other opportunities. Since joining Syfy in 2009, Plotkin has shepherded development, reporting to Syfy’s president original programming Mark Stern. Before Syfy, Plotkin served as an executive producer at CCTV, China’s national broadcaster. From 2004-2008, he and partner Steve Pearlman ran Warner Bros TV-based Class IV Prods, which produced two series, Reunion on Fox and Related on The WB. Before that, he served as VP Drama Development for WBTV. New Regency has a handful of TV projects already in the works, including drama Beat The Reaper, written by Brian Koppelman and David Levien, which is in development at HBO.