Lifetime Networks has hired two execs to be VPs of reality programming, with Abigail Harvey and Noah Pollack both joining the U.S. network effective immediately.
In their roles, Harvey and Pollack will be responsible for developing and overseeing production of non-fiction projects for Lifetime.
Harvey will be based in New York, while Pollack will operate in Lifetime’s Los Angeles office. Both report to Gena McCarthy, Lifetime’s senior VP of reality and alternative programming.
“Both Abigail and Noah bring extensive experience in creating hits in the unscripted arena, as well as a keen eye for identifying and developing distinctive programming, to Lifetime,” said McCarthy.
Pollack joins Lifetime from VH1, where he served as VP of series development and original programming. Programs launched under his guidance include Basketball Wives, the network’s highest rated series, Basketball Wives LA, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, The T.O. Show, and Tough Love, as well as the development of the upcoming Stevie TV.
Harvey, meanwhile, comes to Lifetime with more than 20 years experience in the unscripted genre having spent most of her career at the BBC, beginning as a producer-director for its Educational Department before climbing the ranks and eventually working as a showrunner for the BBC’s Documentaries and Contemporary Factual division.
While there, she developed and produced primetime shows such as Watchdog and the BBC’s Chelsea Flower Show coverage, as well as lifestyle shows including Charlie’s Garden Army, Small Town Gardens and Wrong Car, Right Car.
In 2002, she relocated to New York where, as exec VP of BBC Productions, she launched the company’s East Coast production office, creating programming including What Not to Wear, Moving Up and While You Were Out .