A&E Network has elevated Drew Tappon to the post of SVP Development & Programming, from his current position as VP Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming. David McKillop, EVP & General Manager, A&E, announced the appointment today. Tappon will be responsible for the development and production of A&E’s nonfiction, alternative and reality series and will report to McKillop. He is based in A&E’s New York City headquarters. “Drew is a talented and well-respected executive who has brought enormous energy and experience to A&E’s unscripted programming team,” said McKillop. “I am certain that he will continue to reinforce A&E’s standing as a leader in providing premium content and contribute to the growth of the network.”
Tappon joined A&E in December 2011 as VP Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming. In that role, he was responsible for developing new non-fiction series for A&E as well as overseeing several current series for the network including hit series Wahlburgers and Duck Dynasty. Tappon joined A&E from Warner Horizon Television, where he served as the Senior Creative Executive, responsible for developing original programming for broadcast and cable networks. There he was responsible for overseeing hit series such as The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, The Voice and America’s Best Dance Crew. Prior to Warner Horizon, Tappon spent 12 years at MTV, most recently SVP Original Programming & Series Development.