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Exclusive: Andrew Schechter joins Leftfield Pictures as SVP, development

Long-time network and development executive Andrew Schechter has been appointed senior VP of development at ITV America-owned production company Leftfield Pictures. Reporting to Leftfield co-presidents Shawn Witt and Gretchen Palek, Schechter is tasked ...
June 5, 2018

Long-time network and development executive Andrew Schechter has been appointed senior VP of development at ITV America-owned production company Leftfield Pictures.

Reporting to Leftfield co-presidents Shawn Witt and Gretchen Palek, Schechter is tasked with overseeing the entire content development slate for Leftfield Pictures across all platforms.

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 GamesCooks 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.

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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