New Regency taps Syfy exec to oversee TV

Andrew Plotkin joins company as exec veep of TV

New Regency has tapped former Syfy exec Andrew Plotkin as exec VP of television, signaling the shingle’s commitment to return to the television biz.

Reporting to CEO Brad Weston, Plotkin will oversee TV production and development. He’ll focus on nurturing Regency’s current projects, including a first-look deal with Israel’s ADD and medical drama thriller “Beat the Reaper” in development with HBO and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way banner.

“We set out to grow our television business in much the same way that we have built our film business — through a talent-driven and hands-on approach that allows Regency to be a part of projects and partnerships that we believe in,” Weston said. “Andrew brings immense talent and unparalleled enthusiasm to Regency.”

Plotkin has spent the past few years as senior veep of original programming for Syfy. Before that he worked as an exec producer and partner at Steve Pearlman’s Class IV Prods. and as a veep of drama development for Warner Bros. TV.

Regency founder Arnon Milchan first revved up a TV operation in 1998, hiring Gail Berman to run Regency TV, a boutique that was a joint venture with Fox. The shingle had a big hit in “Malcolm in the Middle” on Berman’s watch, which spurred the Fox network to recruit Berman as entertainment prexy. Regency also scored with the 2001-2006 Fox sitcom “The Bernie Mac Show,” but its activity subsequently slowed and by mid-2008 the unit was shuttered.

Milchan installed Weston last year and made it clear that returning to the small screen would be a priority for the new regime, although previous toppers Hutch Parker and Bob Harper began the process of reviving the company’s TV aspirations.

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