NBCUniversal-owned broadcaster Bravo Media has upped Rachel Smith, formerly senior VP of current production, to the post of senior VP of development.
Based out of the company’s New York offices, Smith (pictured) will be tasked with overseeing non-scripted development for the network, including pilots, casting reels and original content. She reports into Frances Berwick, president of lifestyle networks at NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, in the new role.
In her previous role, Smith had overseen Bravo series such as The Real Housewives of Atlanta, The Real Housewives of Potomac, The Real Housewives of Dallas and Don’t Be Tardy…, as well as forthcoming titles Summer House, First Family of Hip Hop and Relative Success with Tabatha Coffey.
Prior to joining Bravo in 2013, Smith served as VP of original programming at BBC America, managing unscripted originals that included the Emmy-nominated Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, Royally Mad with Cat Deeley and Richard Hammond’s Crash Course.
Prior to this, Smith has held a variety of capacities including VP of development and production for scripted programming at The Independent Film Channel, and an executive producer at Discovery Fit and Health & Planet Green.
Additionally, Smith had previously worked at Bravo from 1999 to 2005 in development and production roles where she helped develop The Real Housewives of Orange County and Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles.
“Rachel’s contributions to the Bravo current team have proven invaluable,” said Berwick in a statement. “Given her track record of success and her extensive development background, she is exceptionally qualified to spearhead the development of Bravo’s next generation of top quality content.”