Long-time network and development executive Andrew Schechter has been appointed senior VP of development at ITV America-owned production company Leftfield Pictures.
Schechter joins Leftfield following a seven-year tenure at Scripps Networks, where he most recently served as VP of programming and development across Food Network, Cooking Channel and Travel Channel, developing such series as Guy’s Grocery Games, Cooks vs. Cons and Burgers, Brew & ‘Que.
Additionally, Schechter oversaw hundreds of hours of acclaimed unscripted culinary programming and worked with talent including Bobby Flay, Guy Fieri, Giada De Laurentiis, Anthony Anderson, Curtis Stone, Andrew Zimmern and Buddy Valastro.
Prior to Scripps, Schechter was a producer at Animal Planet, where his credits include I Shouldn’t Be Alive and Hillbilly Handfishin’, and was also a story producer on Discovery’s Whale Wars.
“Andrew is an integral piece of the Leftfield Pictures strategy as the label continues to bolster its growing slate,” said Witt and Palek in a joint statement. “His creativity and proven track record across multiple genres are invaluable assets as we usher in a new chapter of disruptive content.”
News of Schechter’s hiring follows on the heels of Leftfield’s recent series greenlights, including a Lewis Howes-hosted talk series for Facebook Watch and Animal Planet’s Wolves & Warriors. Leftfield’s survival series Alone was recently renewed for a fifth season on History.