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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
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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