U.S. net ABC Family has tapped former Nigel Lythgoe Productions president Kary McHoul (pictured) for the newly created position of senior VP of programming and development for unscripted.
The exec is to begin the role on Monday (February 9) and will be reporting to Karey Burke, executive VP of programming and development at ABC Family.
McHoul – who was most recently working as a digital consultant for new media platforms the Fine Brothers and DanceOn – previously served as president of Nigel Lythgoe Productions, which she formed alongside the British producer.
Prior to this, she was president of Digital Rights Group North America, where she packaged formats and sold series across primetime, cable and syndication in international and domestic markets.
McHoul also served as senior VP of specials for alternative and late-night programming at Fox under Mike Darnell. At the company, she helped develop American Idol and The Simple Life with Paris Hilton and also helped to develop and launch Temptation Island, Hell’s Kitchen and So You Think You Can Dance. Prior to this, the exec was the first head of development for the E! and Style networks, where she helped launch The Anna Nicole Smith Show.
“Kary is simply the best in the business. She has an incredible track record of creating, packaging and launching hit shows across genres and platforms,” said Burke in a statement.
“She knows how to capture an audience, and we are honored that she has chosen to lead our charge into unscripted series programming,” the exec added. “I had the pleasure of working with Kary during her tenure at Fox, and am thrilled to be reunited with her here at ABC Family.”