Food Network and Bravo TV veteran Jeff Oliver (pictured) has been appointed to the position of senior vice president, current series at NYC-based prodco Bungalow Media + Entertainment.
The hire comes shortly before the Discovery+ premiere of Bungalow’s new reality series Serving the Hamptons (which Oliver worked on in a freelance capacity), and is part of Bungalow SVP and head of unscripted development Megan Lawrence‘s initiative to expand the company’s slate of lifestyle programming.
“We are excited about this team that combines significant production and network experience as we continue to expand our documentary and lifestyle programming slate,” said Bungalow founder and CEO Robert Friedman. “We believe Jeff is a perfect addition to our culture of passionate storytelling, [and he] joins at a pivotal time of extreme growth for the company.”
Oliver previously held the position of VP of current production at Bravo, where he oversaw such fare as the talk show Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen and real estate series Million Dollar Listing. Prior to that, he developed the culinary competition Cutthroat Kitchen for the Food Network and oversaw other hits for the platform, including Worst Cooks in America and Cupcake Wars.
As a producer, he has also worked on such foundational reality series as Big Brother, The Simple Life, The Surreal Life and The Challenge.
“The chance to join Bobby [Friedman] and his team is an incredible opportunity,” said Oliver. “I feel energized to help elevate Bungalow’s already robust slate of shows. It’s rare in 2022 to be involved with a truly independent company that is skilled in so many genres of content.”
In addition to Serving the Hamptons, which is slated to premiere on Discovery+ this Thursday (April 7), Bungalow currently has a range of unscripted and factual projects in both production and development, including the documentary Little Richard: I Am Everything (a collaboration with Rolling Stone) for CNN and an as-yet-untitled cooking competition format for the Food Network.