Fox Intl. Channels has recruited Bravo exec Christian Barcellos to oversee a lifestyle and reality programming unit to feed original unscripted fare to more than 300 channels worldwide.
As exec VP of lifestyle and reality programming, Barcellos will focus on beefing up Fox’s overseas lifestyle channel brand, Fox Life, as well as unscripted development, production and acquisitions for other Fox-branded entertainment outlets. Starting next month, he will be based in Gotham and report to FIC prexy Hernan Lopez.
“Christian is a creative force who has helped shape the (unscripted) genre in the U.S.,” Lopez said in announcing the hire.
Barcellos comes to FIC after serving as veep of production and as an exec producer for Bravo. He’s steered many of the cabler’s hits, including the “Real Housewives” franchise, “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy,” “Flipping Out” and “Bethenny Ever After.”
Before Bravo, he worked as a marketing creative services exec for Rainbow Media. He got his start working at TV station WAPA-TV in Puerto Rico, which gave him a perspective on TV outside the U.S. from the start. He called the new FIC post “my dream job.”
AT FIC, Barcellos is the unscripted counterpart to Sharon Tal Yguado, exec veep of scripted programming and original development. She has been busy in the past few years scouting U.S. drama prospects for FIC channels as well as developing an original slate of dramas, starting with a new property, “Outcast,” from Robert Kirkman, creator of “The Walking Dead” graphic novels.