Veteran producer Barry Poznick had been hired to head unscripted programming for MGM Television, the studio announced Thursday. The move is the first major hire made since Mark Burnett took over as president of the studio in December. As president of unscripted television, Poznick will report to Burnett and will lead the creative and development for all of MGM’s unscripted television content.

Poznick is a longtime producing colleague of Burnett, with the two having worked together on “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?” “How’d You Get So Rich?” and “Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host.”

“I took my time in finding the absolute best president for MGM’s unscripted television group. Barry Poznick is it,” Burnett said. “In order to produce hit television shows you need to be able to create, to produce and to market, Barry Poznick can do it all. He has been successful in primetime network, primetime cable and daytime syndication. We have made hundreds of hours of TV together and Barry is the perfect person to build upon MGM’s solid unscripted foundation.”

“The opportunity to reunite with Mark, the master of innovative reality TV, and to work with the MGM unscripted team was a no-brainer,” said Poznick. “MGM is one of Hollywood’s most legendary studios with primetime shows on every major network and hit shows on cable. I am excited to help them continue creating innovative, original and epic programming to entertain viewers around the world.”

In 1994, Poznick founded Zoo Productions, which was acquired in 2008 by All3 Media. In 2013, he founded Barracuda Television Productions. His producing credits include “Buckwild,” “World’s Worst Tenants,” “Prankstars,” “It’s Worth What?” “The American Bible Challenge,” “Lingo,” “Speeders” and “Southern Fried Stings.”