ABC Family has been ramping up its unscripted slate under new EVP programming & development Karey Burke, ordering two new reality series in the past two months, My Transparent Life and Job or No Job. Now Burke has brought in a senior-level executive to lead the network’s unscripted efforts. Veteran Kary McHoul has been named SVP Programming & Development Unscripted. She starts on Monday, reporting to Burke. ABC Family’s previous unscripted executive, Sandy Varo Jarrell, left for TLC more than a year ago.
McHoul served as president of Nigel Lythgoe Productions, shepherding series Opening Act for E!, A Chance to Dance for Ovation, and CMT’s Next Superstar. McHoul also worked as SVP of Specials, Alternative and Late Night Programming at Fox under Mike Darnell, where she was involved in such programs as American Idol, The Simple Life, Temptation Island, Family Guy, Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Nanny 911, Are You Smarter Than A Fifth Grader and So You Think You Can Dance. She was the first Head of Development for the E! and Style networks where she launched The Anna Nicole Smith Show.
Most recently, McHoul served as a consultant for Fine Brothers (React) and had been consulting with DanceOn. Her resume also includes stints as President of Digital Rights Group North America, where she packaged formats and sold series for primetime, cable, and syndication, and as a non-scripted agent at UTA. McHoul began her career in television as an intern at The TonightShow with Jay Leno.
“Kary is simply the best in the business,” Burke said. “She has an incredible track record of creating, packaging and launching hit shows across genres and platforms. I had the pleasure of working with Kary during her tenure at Fox, and am thrilled to be reunited with her here at ABC Family.”