Young will oversee the company’s growing roster of series productions and help set the strategic direction for Seacrest’s many ventures.
The banner at present is home to E!’s “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” and Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset.” It is becoming more active in the scripted arena with ABC’s new comedy “Mixology,” and it cut a straight-to-series deal with NBC last week for “Shades of Blue,” a drama to star Jennifer Lopez.
With Young’s appointment, Izzie Pick Ashcroft, RSP’s exec VO of unscripted programming, will report to Young. Nina Wass, exec veep of scripted, will work closely with Young but have a dotted-line report to Seacrest.
Young is “an extremely talented and accomplished television executive, as well as an experienced producer, with a keen understanding of the business – not just where it’s been, or even where we are, but most important, where it’s all going,” Seacrest said of the exec who begins his post this month.
The two have worked together on projects in the past, Young noted.
“I’ve admired his dedication and passion for creating exceptional shows, and how he has masterfully diversified his business interests,” Young said.
Young comes to the growing company from production company A. Smith & Co., where he was managing director. Before that he spent four years as chief content officer of FremantleMedia North America, where he worked on “American Idol” among other shows. Prior to Fremantle, he also served as a senior VP and creative director at Endemol USA.
As president of Ryan Seacrest Prods., Young succeeds Adam Sher, who left the company in November and no longer reps Seacrest.