Bravo Media boosts Rachel Smith
NBCUniversal-owned network Bravo Media has upped Rachel Smith to senior VP of current production. Smith joined the company in 2013 as VP of current production and currently oversees a raft of popular programs for the network, including Newlyweds: The First Year, Manzo’d with Children, the forthcoming Tour Group and The Real Housewives of Atlanta, as well as the recently announced spin-offs The Real Housewives of Potomac and The Real Housewives of Dallas. Based in New York, Smith will report to Shari Levine, executive VP of current production.
Offspring Films scoops Sky1 commission
UK pay-TV broadcaster Sky1 HD has ordered a 4K natural history series from Bristol indie Offspring Films. Presented by biologist Patrick Aryee (pictured), the three-part series will provide insight into monkeys and apes through intimate encounters and slow-motion photography. The as-yet-untitled series is to be directed and produced by Clare Dornan and Sam Hodgson. Alex Williamson serves as executive producer. The series is slated to broadcast across Sky1 HD in 2016 with Sky Vision distributing the series internationally.
Discovery’s Racing Extinction racks up viewers
The global television premiere of Louie Psihoyos‘ Racing Extinction last Wednesday (December 2) reached more than 11.5 million total viewers for P2+ for the U.S. simulcast in L+3, with weekend encores scoring an additional 6.6 million viewers P2+. The American simulcast averaged 2.55 million total viewers P2+, making it the most-watched TV doc premiere in more than three years, according to Discovery. The current total global audience premiere stands at 17 million and counting, with numbers for all international markets still trickling in.