Seacrest names TV exec Eugene Young as president

TV exec and producer Eugene Young (pictured) has been named president of Ryan Seacrest Productions, where he will oversee the company's creative direction and management.
February 27, 2014

TV executive and producer Eugene Young (pictured) has been named president of Ryan Seacrest Productions, where he will oversee the company’s creative direction and management.

Young, a former managing director at A. Smith & Co. Productions, has overseen development and production on titles including American Idol, America’s Got Talent, The Price is Right and Fear Factor, among others.

Previously, he served as chief creative officer at FremantleMedia North America for four years, where his responsibilities included production and development for television, digital and mobile programming, business development and intellectual property innovation. Prior to this, Young was senior VP and creative director at Endemol USA, where he managed the development and production of all programming.

When he joins RSP in March, Young will report directly to chairman Ryan Seacrest on creative matters. Meanwhile, newly appointed exec VP of unscripted programming Izzie Pick Ashcroft will report to Young.

The news follows the departure of RSP’s exec VP of new media, Sibyl Goldman, who announced on Monday (February 24) that she would be joining Facebook as head of entertainment partnerships.

“This is the biggest opportunity of my career,” said Young in a statement. “I’ve known Ryan for some time, and we’ve developed and produced projects together. I’ve admired his dedication and passion for creating exceptional shows, and how he has masterfully diversified his business interests.”

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Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.