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Fox Television Studios has tapped Aaron Meyerson senior VP of nonfiction programming.

He will be responsible for the studio’s nonfiction unit, which produces A&E’s “Biography” series and Animal Planet’s “Most Extreme.” Responsible for more than 100 hours of original programming, the department also produced “Playboy’s 50th Anniversary Special” for A&E and “Backstory” for AMC.

“We’ve got big business volume-wise. What I’m looking to do is add some tentpoles. We want shows that can break out and sell all over the world,” Meyerson said. “And with Fox, we’ve already got great distribution.”

His upcoming projects include “Women of K2” for National Geographic Channel and Court TV’s “Trace Evidence: The Case Files of Dr. Henry Lee,” a co-production with sister arm Fox Alternative (Daily Variety, Sept. 17).

Nonfiction unit is also working on the tentatively titled miniseries “Meet the Aliens,” a collaboration with London’s Science Museum centered on exploring the possibilities of life in distant worlds, a la Discovery’s “Walking With Dinosaurs.”

Wide palette

“We produce everything from blue-chip documentaries like ‘Women of K2’ to the Playboy special — great diversity and breadth makes this job particularly interesting,” Meyerson said.

He joined Fox TV two years ago as VP of business development. Previously, he held creative exec positions at Walt Disney Pictures and New Line Cinema where he oversaw development and production. Meyerson’s producing credits include “Dumb and Dumber,” “Inspector Gadget” and “Meet the Deedles.”

“As a former movie producer, creative development executive and MBA, Aaron has the perfect background for this job,” Fox TV Studios topper David Grant said. “Most importantly, everyone loves working with him.

“He frequently collaborates, for example, with David Martin’s Fox Alternative division to create hybrid ‘docutainment’ concepts that are proving very compelling in today’s market,” Grant added.

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