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Rachel Brill joins Epix as SVP, head of unscripted

MGM-owned premium pay TV network Epix has named former Whalerock Industries executive Rachel Brill as senior VP and head of unscripted programming, effective immediately. In her new role, Brill will be responsible ...
March 7, 2018

MGM-owned premium pay TV network Epix has named former Whalerock Industries executive Rachel Brill as senior VP and head of unscripted programming, effective immediately.

In her new role, Brill will be responsible for the development and production of all documentaries and unscripted series. She will report to Epix president Michael Wright, and work closely with him to advance the company’s premium programming while expanding the slate of its unscripted catalog.

Brill will be based out of the network’s Los Angeles office at MGM’s headquarters.

Most recently, Brill served as head of premium programming and Whalerock Studios at Lloyd Braun‘s Whalerock Industries. Prior to that, she worked with Epix’s Wright at Turner, where she last held the title of VP of TNT and tbs unscripted programming for current series.

Brill’s production credits include docuseries Ritual, which she co-created and executive produced as an Amazon Prime original; Viceland’s Nuts + Bolts; and the new Simone Giertz project, Simone’s Got Problems.

She began her career at All3Media and Discovery, Inc. joint venture ZOO Productions, where she spent 10 years. While there, Brill led all development and branded content efforts, including Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader? and Girls Behaving Badly.

“Rachel’s an experienced and talented programming executive, and a terrific person, whose great taste and talent relationships will be invaluable to us as we build our original programming portfolio and expand the network’s distribution,” said Wright in a statement.

Epix’s unscripted fare includes the Norman Lear-exec produced docuseries American Divided and the 2017 Realscreen Awardwinner for best non-fiction-sports documentary Serena, as well as the forthcoming Sundance-winning doc This Is Home and the Mark Burnett produced Contender.

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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