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Bravo adds Smith, Ferraro for production, development

U.S. cable network Bravo has tapped former BBC America exec Rachel Smith to be its VP of current production, while Ryan Seacrest Productions exec Joseph Ferraro joins the network as VP of development.
January 8, 2014

U.S. cable network Bravo has tapped former BBC America exec Rachel Smith to be its VP of current production, while Ryan Seacrest Productions exec Joseph Ferraro joins the network as VP of development.

In her new role, Smith will become the executive producer of Bravo’s series, including The Real Housewives of Atlanta and Newlyweds: The First Year.

She will be based in New York, and reports to Shari Levine, senior VP of current production and original programming.

Most recently the VP of original programming at BBC America, Smith was in charge of the development and production of unscripted series including Royally Mad with Cat Deeley, No Kitchen Required, and Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan. Prior to that, she was the executive producer of production and development at Discovery Fit and Health and Planet Green, and VP of development and production of scripted programming at IFC TV.

This marks a return to Bravo for Smith, who previously worked at the network from 1999 to 2005, in roles including manager of production and director of development.

Ferraro will be responsible for developing original series for Bravo, and will be based in the LA office. He will report to Lara Spotts, VP of development.

At Ryan Seacrest Productions, Ferraro was the VP of development, where he worked on series including E!’s The Wanted Life and VH1′s Girls in the Game. 

He was previously the VP of programming at OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network, and his other production credits include American Idol: UK, The Biggest Loser, VH1 Divas, and RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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