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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.

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