(June 19, 2008 – Burbank, CA) – Brooke Karzen has been named Senior Vice President, Alternative Programming, at Warner Horizon Television, it was announced today by Craig Erwich, Executive Vice President, Warner Horizon Television (WHTV). In her new position, Karzen will oversee the development and production of WHTV’s unscripted programming slate for the broadcast and cable network marketplace. She will work closely with producers of WHTV’s current shows – including Mike Fleiss, Randy Jackson and Joel Gallen – as well as identify new talent and creative material for WHTV. She will report to Erwich. “Brooke is an outstanding executive, with an incredible energy and passion for television, and terrific relationships with the creative community,” said Erwich. “She has been integral to the success of many of our reality franchises, and we are thrilled to have her in charge of all of our alternative programming efforts.” Current series produced by WHTV include “Randy Jackson Presents America’s Best Dance Crew,” beginning its second cycle on MTV tonight; “The Bachelor,” slated to begin its 13th cycle in fall 2008 on ABC; “The Bachelorette,” currently airing its fourth installment on ABC; “High School Reunion,” readying its fifth installment for midseason 2008–2009 on TV Land; a second season of ABC’s “Here Come the Newlyweds”; and a new Untitled Tyra Banks/Ashton Kutcher series for mid-season on ABC. An eight-year veteran of the Studio, Karzen joined Telepictures Productions in 2000, serving as Vice President, Programming, and production executive for Mike Fleiss’ Next Entertainment, before being named Senior Creative Executive, Warner Horizon Television, in 2006. During her tenure at Telepictures, she oversaw development and programming for a number of series, including “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “Trista and Ryan’s Wedding” and “High School Reunion,” among others. Prior to coming to Warner Bros., Karzen was Vice President, Development, at The Walt Disney Company’s Buena Vista Television, where she developed first-run television projects for syndication, cable and network television. At Buena Vista, Karzen was involved in the launch of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire” on ABC. Before working at Disney, Karzen was Vice President, Development, dick clark productions, where she produced and developed series, including “The Weird Al Show,” for CBS on Saturday mornings, and “Your Big Break” for syndication. She was also Director of Programming at Eyemark Entertainment, and previously held programming and production posts at CBS Entertainment and Don Mischer Productions.
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