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 Championship, Holiday Baking Championship, Great Food Truck Race, Mystery Diners and Vinny & Ma Eat America. He has also previously produced series including TLC’s My Crazy Obsession and A&E’s Bad Ink.
“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.”