Entertainment One Television is beefing up its alternative programming division with the appointment of David Shaye as VP Development, U.S. Alternative Programming. Additionally, the company has closed three separate first-look deals with reality producers Kevin Healey, Riaz Patel and Ben Bitonti. The announcements were made today by Tara Long, SVP Alternative Programming. In his new role, Shaye will work closely with Long and division executives to expand eOne Television’s existing slate of unscripted series. He will report directly to Long.
“Over the past two years, eOne Television’s alternative programming business has flourished, and we are actively building out our division to support its rapid growth,” said Long. “David has a keen eye for engaging content and a deep background in working with talent who have thrived in the reality space, and we are delighted to have him join the team. We are big fans of the work of our new group of best in class creators, Kevin, Riaz and Ben, and we look forward to collaborating with them on a wave of new series ideas and related projects.”
Shaye joins eOne from Evolution Media where he served as VP of Development and Co-EP on E!’s upcoming Botched and ABC Family’s Beverly Hills Nannies. Prior to Evolution, Shaye worked at MTV, Jennifer Lopez’s Nuyorican Prods and Brett Ratner’s Rat Entertainment.
Healey’s credits include Syfy’s Scare Tactics, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers and Fox’s Mobbed. Patel’s series credits include the U.S. version of How To Look Good Naked for Lifetime, Family S.O.S. With Jo Frost for TLC, Why Can’t I Be You? for MTV, Into Character for AMC, and Ultimates – Around the World in 30 Days for INHD. Patel’s latest series, I Heart Nick Carter premieres on Vh1 in September. Bitonti founded Moneystache Entertainment, which was most recently based at NBC Universal. He has created and developed pilots, series and specials for E!, VH1, WE, Lifetime, SyFy, MTV, Style, and OWN.
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