Exec is driving force behind 'Real Housewives' franchise

Bravo is watching what happens to Andy Cohen.

Bravo has promoted Cohen to exec VP of original programming and development. At the NBC Universal cabler since 2005, Cohen has been a driving force for many of the network’s unscripted hits, including “Top Chef,” “The Millionaire Matchmaker” and the “Real Housewives” franchise.

Cohen will continue as host and exec producer of “Watch What Happens: Live,” Bravo’s latenight weekly talkshow that features guests from some of the net’s series. In its third season, the series is hitting ratings highs.

“Under Andy’s leadership and industry expertise, Bravo has enjoyed record ratings and an increase in original programming while attracting the most affluent and educated audience in cable entertainment,” said Bravo president Frances Berwick. “With this well-deserved promotion, tirelessly wearing two hats, I have no doubt that he will continue successfully to drive the next cultural hits for Bravo, as well as host the popular interactive hit show, ‘Watch What Happens: Live.’?”

Cohen was previously senior VP of original programming and development.

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