via press release:
A&E NETWORK ELEVATES DREW TAPPON TO
SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, DEVELOPMENT & PROGRAMMING
NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 17, 2014 –A&E Net work has appointed Drew Tappon to the post of Senior Vice President of Development & Programming, it was announced today by David McKillop, Executive Vice President & General Manager, A&E. Tappon will be responsible for the development and production of A&E’s nonfiction, alternative and reality series and will report to McKillop. He is based in A&E’s New York City headquarters.
“Drew is a talented and well-respected executive who has brought enormous energy and experience to A&E’s unscripted programming team,” said McKillop. “I am certain that he will continue to reinforce A&E’s standing as a leader in providing premium content and contribute to the growth of the network.”
Drew Tappon joined A&E in December 2011 as Vice President, Non-Fiction & Alternative Programming. In this role, Tappon was responsible for developing new non-fiction series for A&E, as well as overseeing several current series for the network, including hit series “Wahlburgers” and “Duck Dynasty,” among others.
Tappon joined A&E from Warner Horizon Television where he served as the Senior Creative Executive, responsible for developing original programming for broadcast and cable networks. Tappon was responsible for overseeing hit series, such as “The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette,” “The Voice” and “America’s Best Dance Crew.” Prior to joining Warner Horizon, Tappon spent 12 years at MTV, most recently as the Senior Vice President of Original Programming & Series Development.
Drew holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton, with a degree in English Literature and Rhetoric. He also received his Master’s Degree in Business Communication Management from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School.
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