Two months after he was named EVP of Alternative Entertainment for Fox, Simon Andreae has put together his team, surrounding himself with executives who share his producer background. Lisa Levenson has joined the network as SVP and Alex Piper as VP Alternative. Reporting to Andreae, the two will oversee day-to-day management of the network’s returning unscripted programs and specials as well as reality development. “Lisa and Alex come to us with strong backgrounds, both as showrunners and as senior production company executives,” said Andreae. “As such, each is perfectly equipped not only to support our current unscripted slate, but also to help shape the next generation of hit Fox shows.” Most of Fox’s senior unscripted executives who worked under the network’s previous head of alternative Mike Darnell left after he departed his post last May. Some of them, including Tom Sheets and Sabrina Ishak, have since re-joined Darnell at Warner Bros TV. Amy Cohen, who has been a member of Fox’s unscripted team since 2005, stayed on and has helped with the executive transition in addition to playing a key role in a number of Fox unscripted franchises including American Idol and Hell’s Kitchen, and most recently helping launch MasterChef and MasterChef Junior, which she continues to oversee. She has now been promoted to Executive Director, Alternative Entertainment.
Previously, Levenson was EVP of Development for Cineflix Prods, where she launched the Los Angeles office and oversaw development and production. She has served as an executive producer on 14 seasons of ABC’s The Bachelor and The Bachelorette. She also has held producer roles on CBS’ Big Brother, ABC’s General Hospital and syndicated talk show The Jerry Springer Show. Prior to joining Fox, Piper served as SVP Alternative Television for Asylum Entertainment, where he helped develop, launch and oversee Asylum’s unscripted slate including Being Mike Tyson for Fox Sports 1, The Locator for WE tv, and Addicted for TLC. Piper also served as Supervising Producer on ABC News’ medical docu-series Hopkins and was a producer for NBC Sports and NBC Olympics.
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