Peacock sez Bravo to Harrison

Exec to plan, implement channel's direction

Scheduling exec Dan Harrison has made his way back to Burbank, joining NBC’s Bravo cabler as VP of strategic program planning.

Harrison, most recently based at Fox Sports Group, spent four years at the Peacock net in the late 1990s.

Harrison will focus on planning and implementing the long-term direction of Bravo, which is still in the process of transformation since being acquired by NBC.

His duties will include working closely with the channel’s programming, sales and marketing teams, in addition to partnering with Bravo boss Jeff Gaspin to help define the channel’s future brand.

Harrison will report to Gaspin, who handles the cable channel in addition to serving as exec VP of alternative series, longform and program strategy at NBC.

“Dan is an integral part of our efforts to enhance and advance the overall profile of Bravo,” Gaspin said. “He will have his finger on the pulse of many key departments necessary to integrate a strategic and innovative plan for the channel’s next generation.”

Harrison had been senior VP of programming and strategic planning at Fox Sports Group since June 2001. He worked on development, production, scheduling and research for regular, non-news programming on Fox Sports Net.

His duties included overseeing production on the Emmy-nominated “Beyond the Glory,” for which he nabbed an exclusive interview with Mike Tyson.

Harrison also handled Fox Sports Net’s “You Gotta See This!” and development on the cabler’s “54321” and helped launch the digital channel Fuel.

Before Fox Sports, Harrison dabbled in the dot com world as VP of ZeniMax Media. He joined NBC in 1996 as director of program planning and scheduling, working his way up to VP of the department. He also supervised the Peacock’s electronic business on the West Coast and was a current programming exec on “Mysterious Ways.”

Harrison’s resume also includes a two-year stint at UPN as manager of program planning and development.

The Cornell U. grad has written a handful of “Biography” episodes for A&E and authored the book “Inside Mayberry: A Guide to the ‘Andy Griffith Show.'”

“There’s a potential to be NBC’s growth engine in the next few years if we succeed in turning it around,” Harrison said.

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