(November 7, 2008 – Burbank, CA) – Drew Tappon has been named Senior Creative Executive, Alternative Programming, at Warner Horizon Television, it was announced today by Craig Erwich, Executive Vice President, Warner Horizon Television (WHTV). In this role, Tappon will develop original unscripted programming for broadcast networks and cable, as well as manage current programming. He will report to Brooke Karzen, Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming, WHTV. “Drew is a talented executive who is passionate about television and has wonderful relationships with the creative community, and we’re thrilled to have him join the Warner Horizon Television team,” said Erwich. Current series produced by WHTV include MTV’s hit “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew,” beginning its third installment in early 2009; “The Bachelor,” slated to begin its 13th edition January 5, 2009, on ABC; “High School Reunion,” readying its fifth installment for early 2009 on TV Land; a second season of “Here Come the Newlyweds” for ABC; “True Beauty,” a new show from Tyra Banks and Ashton Kutcher, premiering January 5, 2009, on ABC; the Mike Fleiss-produced “The Cougar” for TV Land; and “Man vs. Cartoon” for truTV. Tappon comes to WHTV after more than 12 years at MTV, most recently as Senior Vice President of Original Programming and Series Development for the past two years. At MTV, Tappon was responsible for developing original programming for MTV and its multiple platforms (including MTV.com/Overdrive, MTV Mobile and Video on Demand), as well as overseeing current programming on the network. During his tenure at MTV, Tappon worked on a number of highly successful and critically acclaimed series, including WHTV’s “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew,” “The Real World,” “Road Rules,” “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila,” “I’m From Rolling Stone,” “Loveline” and “The Tom Green Show,” among many others. Before MTV, he worked in the world of interactive media, first as a publicist and then as an original content developer on such projects as “Rise of the Robots” and “Chuck Jones’ Peter and the Wolf.” Tappon is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton, with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and rhetoric. He earned a master’s degree in business communication management from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School.
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