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Haelen joins Turn Card Content as head of development

Turn Card Content, one of the production companies behind Food Network’s Kids BBQ Championship, has hired accomplished programming executive and producer Jake Haelen as head of development. Operating out of Turn Card’s ...
April 3, 2017

Turn Card Content, one of the production companies behind Food Network’s Kids BBQ Championship, has hired accomplished programming executive and producer Jake Haelen as head of development.

Operating out of Turn Card’s New York City headquarters, Haelen brings almost a decade of experience producing and developing unscripted programming, spanning lifestyle, food, science and other reality fare. In his new role, he will shepherd the company slate of lifestyle and primetime family programming for linear networks and digital platforms.

Prior to Turn Card, Haelen was executive in charge for Food Network and Cooking Channel, spearheading series including Kids Baking ChampionshipHoliday Baking ChampionshipGreat Food Truck RaceMystery Diners and Vinny & Ma Eat America. He has also previously produced series including TLC’s My Crazy Obsession and A&E’s Bad Ink.

Turn Card was launched in 2016 by prodco Lucky 8 TV (60 Days In) and veteran unscripted producers Audra and Courtney Smith, who serve as the company’s co-presidents.

“Jake’s dynamic background in unscripted and his particular expertise in lifestyle and food programming make him ideal to helm Turn Card’s development,” said the Smiths, in a statement. “As our roster continues to grow and we enter our next chapter, we’re delighted to integrate Jake’s unique vision and passion for storytelling into the Turn Card DNA.”

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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