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Andreae accepts Fox role, reversing out of UK indie plans

Andreae accepts Fox role, reversing out of UK indie plans
Staff Reporter
23 October 2013

Simon Andreae is to join the US Fox TV Network, based in Los Angeles, as executive vice president of Alternative Entertainment, reversing out of plans to run a UK-based production company backed by Sony Pictures Television.

Andreae will oversee the network’s slate of unscripted programming and specials, as well as lead an aggressive development effort to expand Fox's unscripted slate. He will report into Kevin Reilly, chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
“This was a highly sought-after role in town, and given Fox’s legacy in groundbreaking unscripted entertainment, we were looking for a particular caliber of executive – and we found the perfect fit in Simon,” says Reilly. “Not only is Simon known for innovative thinking, he’s a dynamic leader who has been a producer and a network executive on both sides of the pond, and he has the energy and drive to open a new chapter in Fox unscripted.”

In August, Sony Pictures Television announced the launch of a new indie, called Scarlet Media, with Andreae at the helm, which he said would "combine the best of British and American non-fiction sensibilities."

Previously, Andreae worked as senior vice president of Development and Production, West Coast, at Discovery Channel, where he oversaw the development of ratings hits Naked and Afraid and Fast N’ Loud and the series Curiosity, with episodes including Why is Sex Fun?, with Maggie Gyllenhaal and Your Body on Drugs, with Robin Williams, as well as Plane Crash, which also aired on Channel 4.

Prior to joining Discovery, Andreae served as president of The Incubator, which he set up in 2005, with a deal with Fox Studios. It produced unscripted shows for Spike, USA, Vh1, Discovery, History, Channel 4, TLC and Science, including the Through the Wormhole, with Morgan Freeman, now in its fifth season.
Andreae also served as Head of Science and Education at Channel Four, where his commissions included The Autopsy, Anatomy for Beginners and the series Bodyshock.

Andreae started his career as a founding partner of Optomen Television.

Fox, is home to American Idol, The Following, New Girl, Glee and The Simpsons.

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