Bunim/Murray Productions co-founder Jonathan Murray (pictured) and A&E/Bio Channel exec VP of programming David McKillop have been elected as the inaugural governors for the Academy of Television of Arts and Science’s newly-formed Reality Programming Peer Group.
The veteran reality producers will serve terms ending in December 2013 and December 2012, respectively.
Earlier this year, the Academy decided to create a group for reality producers and rename the Nonfiction Programming Peer Group as the Documentary Programming Peer Group, in recognition of the differences in production processes between the two genres.
Historically, reality and documentary makers have been a part of the same groups. Mark Samels and Dan Birman will continue as governors of the documentary group. Additionally, the TV Academy elected actor Lily Tomlin as governor of its performer’s peer group. She will replace the late Kathryn Joosten, who passed away in June.
Her term will end in December of this year.