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A&E ups Tappon to SVP of programming, development

A&E Network has named Drew Tappon (pictured) as its senior VP of development and programming, charged with responsibility for the U.S. channel's non-fiction, alternative and reality series.
March 17, 2014

A&E Network has named Drew Tappon (pictured) as its senior VP of development and programming, charged with responsibility for the U.S. channel’s non-fiction, alternative and reality series.

Tappon, who joined A&E in December 2011 as VP of non-fiction and alternative programming, reports to exec VP and general manager David McKillop and is based in New York.

The news comes after A&E last month hired VH1 exec Shelly Tatro, who also holds the title of senior VP of development and programming.

“Drew is a talented and well-respected executive who has brought enormous energy and experience to A&E’s unscripted programming team,” said McKillop.  “I am certain that he will continue to reinforce A&E’s standing as a leader in providing premium content and contribute to the growth of the network.”

Tappon joined A&E in 2011 from Warner Horizon Television, where he served as senior creative executive, responsible for developing original programming for broadcast and cable networks.

About The Author
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.

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