Frances Berwick, executive vice president and general manager for Bravo Media since 2008, has been upped to the role of president, effective immediately. The announcement was made today by Lauren Zalaznick, President, NBC Universal Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks to whom Berwick continues to report.
‘Under Frances’ oversight as general manager, Bravo Media has experienced phenomenal growth across all areas of the business while attracting the most affluent and educated audience in cable entertainment,’ said Zalaznick. ‘With this richly deserved promotion, I have no doubt that Frances will continue to lead this team and drive Bravo’s white hot success to even greater heights in the years to come.’
With Berwick as GM, Bravo saw a 33% increase in original programming. In 2008, the net was nominated for a Peabody and in 2009 received a record number of Emmy nominations. For the past four years, Bravo has seen what it calls ‘record-breaking successes across all ratings and financial metrics.’
Berwick joined Bravo from Channel 4 in the UK, where she headed international TV and licensing. Early on in her Bravo career, she introduced Michael Moore’s The Awful Truth to audiences, as well as programming such as Cirque du Soleil: The Fire Within, Bravo Profiles and The It Factor.
She went on to oversee the development and production for Queer Eye, and after NBC’s acquisition of Bravo in 2002, developed, produced and launched such hits as Top Chef, Project Runway, Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List and the Real Housewives franchise. She’s also overseen the net’s longest-running original series, Inside the Actor’s Studio.