Animal Planet has hired Patrice Andrews as General Manager of the network, where she’ll oversee all aspects of programming, production, development, marketing and day-to-day operations. Andrews starts her new position in mid-June and will be based in New York. She’ll report to Rich Ross, Group President, Discovery, Animal Planet and Science Channel.

Andrews most recently served as COO East Coast for ITV Studios America. During her 11-year tenure there, Andrews was responsible for the management and development of cable and syndicated series that included Room Raiders (MTV), The Jeremy Kyle Show (Syndication), The First 48 (A&E), Rebel Gold (Discovery Channel), Four Weddings (TLC), Secret Space Escapes (Science Channel), The Bill Cunningham Show (Syndication), Four Houses (TLC) and Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters (Animal Planet).

Before joining ITV, Andrews was with A&E where she served as Executive Producer, Non-Fiction Programming and Development. Earlier in her career, she held senior production roles at MetroTV, Discovery Themed Entertainment, Discovery Pictures, and Discovery Networks.