Studio71, a Red Arrow Studios company, has hired veteran television executive Andrew Strauser as SVP of unscripted content. In his new position, Strauser will be responsible for developing and producing unscripted content for Studio71 across all platforms, reporting to Rabih Gholam, President of Unscripted.
Strauser most recently served as Head of Unscripted for Jennifer Lopez’s production company, Nuyorican (World of Dance) where he oversaw all creative and development under Nuyorican’s first look deal with Universal Television Alternative Studio. Prior to Nuyorican, Strauser was Vice President, Talent Development & Casting for TLC. During his tenure there, he created TLC’s tent-pole franchise Cake Boss which spawned two spinoffs, Next Great Baker and Bakery Boss, and developed series such as, Playhouse Masters, All About Sex, Labor Games and wedding specials for both Mario Lopez and Courtney Mazza and Nick and Vanessa Lachey. Strauser also oversaw all of TLC’s casting efforts for shows like, 90 Day Fiancé, Long Lost Family, Say Yes To The Dress, LA Ink, New York Ink and What Not To Wear.
“Andy joining Studio71 comes at the perfect time as our slate continues to grow and our network and platform relationships expand. His proven track record for developing and producing high quality talent and series, as well as his reputation, in the industry for being a collaborative and hardworking executive makes him the perfect addition to our team,” said Rabih Gholam, President of Unscripted at Studio71.