BBC America Names Rachel Smith VP, Original Programming1/03/2011 1:05 PM Eastern
BBC Worldwide America has named Rachel Smith to the newlymcreated position of vice president, original programming.
Her appointment marks the first to be made by Perry Simon, BBC Worldwide America GM, channels.
Smith, who joins BBC America from Discovery's Planet Green, will be responsible for all aspects of non-scripted program development for the channel. She will report to Richard De Croce, senior vice president of programming at the network.
Prior to her work with Discovery, Smith served as vice president development and production for scripted programming at IFC. She has also served as director of development at Bravo, where she developed original programming, including Real Housewives of Orange County and executive-produced Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List.