Patrice Andrews has been named GM of Animal Planet.
The former ITV Studios America exec is to oversee all aspects of programming, production, development, marketing and day-to-day operations for the network, and will begin the post in mid-June, based in New York. She will report to Rich Ross, group president for Discovery, Animal Planet and Science Channel.
Andrews most recently served as chief operating officer for the East Coast for ITV Studios America. where she oversaw the strategic direction of the region’s division and had creative oversight of all development, pilot and series programming out of the New York office.
Overall, she spent 11 years at ITV, managing and developing such cable and syndicated series as Room Raiders (MTV), The Jeremy Kyle Show (syndication), The First 48 (A&E), Rebel Gold (Discovery Channel) and Rocky Mountain Bounty Hunters (Animal Planet), among others.
Prior to joining ITV, Andrews worked at A&E as executive producer of non-fiction programming and development, and was also responsible for the creative management and supervision of original non-fiction programming, specials and miniseries, including the 2004 docuseries Airline, which was the first new series from the net’s non-fiction division.
The exec’s past senior production roles include serving as senior VP of programming and production for MetroTV, VP of production for Discovery Themed Entertainment, head of production at Discovery Pictures and executive producer for the special projects unit at Discovery Networks.