Warner Horizon Television (WHTV), a division of the Warner Bros. Television Group, has promoted unscripted programming exec Brooke Karzen (pictured) to executive VP of alternative programming and development.
In the newly created position, Karzen is to oversee the unscripted department’s creative affairs, development and current programming, as well as matters related to the company’s original TV slate. She will serve as the company’s top unscripted executive, continuing to work closely alongside Mike Darnell, WHTV unscripted and alternative TV president, to whom she will report.
Karzen will also continue to lead the company’s unscripted development and production while collaborating with such executive producers as The Voice’s Mark Burnett and The Bachelor’s Mike Fleiss, and talent brands including Ellen DeGeneres’ A Very Good Production, LeBron James’ SpringHill Entertainment and Steve Harvey’s East 112th Street Productions.
Karzen boarded the company in 2000 as VP of programming and senior creative executive for prime-time series for Telepictures Productions. She moved to Warner Horizon as senior VP of alternative programming in 2008.
Most notably, she has overseen ABC’s The Bachelor since its inception, as well as spin-offs The Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise. The executive is also credited with overseeing NBC’s The Voice; ABC’s 500 Questions,which was recently renewed for a second season and commissioned by Germany’s RTL; NBC’s forthcoming variety series Little Big Shots; VH1′s Love at First Kiss; MTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew; and ABC’s Repeat After Me.