Bravo Media’s Andy Cohen (pictures) is stepping down as head of development, as the U.S. network picks up his talk show, Watch What Happens Live, for another two years, and inks a first-look development deal with his new indie prodco, Most Talkative.
While leaving the network as a full-time exec, Cohen will continue to serve as an executive producer on Bravo’s Housewives franchise, and will remain as host of its reunions and specials.
Lara Spotts takes up the role he vacated as head of Bravo’s development team, from her prior role as VP of development. She will now lead the non-scripted and scripted efforts on both the West and East coasts, and will report to Frances Berwick, president of Bravo Media.
Cohen joined the network in 2004 as VP of original programming and development, and was promoted in 2010 to EVP. He has overseen Project Runway, Top Chef, Queer Eye, Kathy Griffin: My Life On the D List,The Millionaire Matchmaker, Million Dollar Listing, The Rachel Zoe Project, Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, Flipping Out, and The Real Housewives franchise.
He also launched the interactive and live talk show, Watch What Happens Live, in 2007 as an online after show for Top Chef. Since then its become a network show aired across five nights and featured guests have included Oprah, Lady Gaga, Meryl Streep and Cher.
“Andy has influenced the course and the shape of Bravo tremendously over the past 10 years as a production and development executive, and as creator and host of our flagship late night show, becoming the face of the network,” said Berwick.
“He has created legions of cultural-touchstone programs and left an indelible imprint on the network. We are excited to retain him as a creative force with this new deal, which will also allow him to take Watch What Happens Live and its irreverent, brand-defining humor to the next level.”
“In my 23 years as a television producer, my time at Bravo has been the most rewarding and this next phase of my career is the perfect marriage of everything I love doing — producing and broadcasting,” said Cohen. “I’m thrilled to launch my production company Most Talkative and to continue my role as EP of the Housewives – I couldn’t imagine leaving behind women that have become a part of my daily life.”