Fox hires Cineflix, Asylum execs for unscripted team

U.S. broadcaster Fox has recruited Cineflix exec Lisa Levenson (pictured, left) and Asylum exec Alex Piper (right) for its unscripted team.
January 7, 2014

U.S. broadcaster Fox has recruited Cineflix Productions exec Lisa Levenson (pictured, left) and Asylum Entertainment exec Alex Piper (right) for its unscripted team.

Levenson, who previously served as executive VP of development at Cineflix and exec produced seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette (ABC), is now senior VP of alternative entertainment at Fox.

Meanwhile, Piper – who was senior VP of alternative television at Asylum, managing shows such as Being Mike Tyson (Fox Sports 1) and Addicted (TLC) – is the division’s new vice president.

The pair will lead the daily management of the network’s returning unscripted shows and specials, and will help develop new programs.

In addition to the appointments, Fox has promoted Amy Cohen, a member of the network’s unscripted team since 2005, to executive director of alternative entertainment.

The moves come after Fox tapped former Discovery exec Simon Andreae last October to serve as exec VP of alternative entertainment, replacing long-serving reality chief Mike Darnell, who stepped down in June.

“Lisa and Alex come to us with strong backgrounds, both as showrunners and as senior production company executives,” said Andreae. “As such, each is perfectly equipped not only to support our current unscripted slate, but also to help shape the next generation of hit Fox shows.”

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