CBS is beefing up its reality department, upping Nancy Daniels to VP and making a couple of exec changes below her.
As VP of alternative, Daniels will oversee day-to-day development of new reality skeins, as well as supervising production of current series such as “Survivor,” “The Amazing Race,” “Big Brother” and “Fire Me … Please!”
Working under Daniels are Joe LaBracio, who’s been upped to director, and new hire Sandy Varo, who also will be a director for the Eye.
Daniels reports to CBS Entertainment prexy Nina Tassler, who said Daniels has excelled at “working with our producers to sustain the success of our core reality series this season while ushering in the programs premiering this summer.”
” ‘The Amazing Race’ just had its (highest-rated) season ever, ‘Survivor’ continues to thrive, and we’re excited about the rollouts of ‘Big Brother’ and ‘Rock Star,’ ” Tassler said of the net’s unscripted slate.
Daniels had been director of alternative series development since joining CBS in December 2003. She had previously spent three seasons working on “Big Brother” and nearly a decade as a freelance reality producer on skeins for cablers such as MTV, Lifetime and TLC.
LaBracio joined the Eye in February 2003, coming in as an assistant to former department topper Ghen Maynard; he was upped to manager of alternative series 10 months later.
Varo comes to CBS after spending 10 years as a freelance TV producer working on a variety of news and reality skeins for outlets such as CBS, Fox, MSNBC and Buena Vista Television.