Boden faces reality as Fox unit’s topper

Exec named head of programming for Fox Reality

In preparation of its impending launch, the Fox Reality Channel has recruited Bob Boden to head up programming.

Former Game Show Network exec will report to Fox Reality chief operating officer-general manager David Lyle.

Cabler had been slated to debut in first quarter, but a spokesman for Fox Reality said the start date had been rolled back in order to lock up more distributors. Additional carriage deals will be announced shortly.

Boden exited his post as senior programming veep at GSN in late 2003 amid a programming shift from studio-based quizzers to original casino and reality games (Daily Variety, Dec. 9).

Boden is well known as an expert in the gamer arena, having supervised production on several gameshows, including various incarnations of “Press Your Luck,” “Family Feud,” “Greed” and “The $25,000 Pyramid.”

At GSN he developed a slew of original quizzers, including “Lingo,” “Whammy,” “Wintuition,” “Cram,” “Friend or Foe?” and “Russian Roulette.” He also negotiated the acquisitions of skeins such as “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” “Love Connection” and “Hollywood Squares.”

His pre-GSN resume includes exec gigs at Dick Clark Prods., FX and the Family Channel, where he worked on numerous non-gameshow projects.

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