Unscripted

High Noon nabs former Fox exec for development role

Former Fox Television Studios exec Jill Schwartz (pictured) has been named senior VP of development at U.S. prodco High Noon Entertainment, where she will oversee original docuseries and formats.
October 29, 2014

Former Fox Television Studios exec Jill Schwartz (pictured) has been named senior VP of development at U.S. prodco High Noon Entertainment, where she will oversee original docuseries and formats for American broadcast and cable networks.

The exec – who will be based out of the company’s Los Angeles office and reports to High Noon CEO Jim Berger - is replacing Patrick Jager, who was upped from VP of development to senior VP of development and production in January, but left the company in August to pursue a position as executive VP and chief creative officer of Denver-based prodco Everwise Entertainment.

Schwartz previously served as senior VP of alternative programming and development for Fox Television Studios, where she oversaw the company’s unscripted development and programming. Her credits at Fox include The Girls Next Door and Kendra for E!, as well as The Wanda Sykes Show and Talkshow with Spike Feresten for Fox. Schwartz also secured projects for ABC, VH1, Lifetime, TNT, Syfy and BET.

Prior to joining Fox, Schwartz spent 10 years at FremantleMedia North America, where she oversaw production on the first five seasons of American Idol as well as game shows such as Family Feud, Match Game and To Tell the Truth.

“Jill’s reputation in the community is stellar and her experience is vast – from game to docu to format, she’s accomplished it all and successfully,” said Berger in a statement. “She’s a perfect fit for our team and we couldn’t be more thrilled to have her driving our development efforts.”

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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