9:34am PT by Bryn Sandberg
Chachi Senior Joins Spike TV as Senior VP Original Series
Chachi Senior is joining Spike TV.
The former Ardaban CEO has been named the network's senior vp original series. Senior will lead Spike TV’s nonscripted development team and will report to Sharon Levy, executive vp original series.
“Chachi is a respected veteran in this industry, with a proven track record of leading talented teams to success,” said Levy. “He joins Spike at an exciting time as the network continues to attract a gender-balanced audience with hit nonscripted series.”
During his time as the top exec at Ardaban — an entertainment format company whose development is produced in conjunction with Shine America and distributed globally via Shine International — Senior led NY- and L.A.-based teams dedicated to creating and developing new formats for both the U.S. and international marketplace.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Spike team," Senior added. "As the ever-evolving cable TV network landscape jockeys its way into the future, Spike is perfectly positioned to provide the winning vantage point for viewers."
Senior began his career as a principal at First Motionless Pictures before moving on to AMC Networks. He then spent three years building out City Lights Media's television and digital departments prior to serving as co-president of IAC's Notional, where he spearheaded the creation, sale and content production of various formats for global distribution.
In his past roles, Senior has produced and sold reality TV content around the world to such networks and companies as TV Asahi, BBC America, Bravo, CMT, E!, Endemol, Fremantle, Fuji TV, Comedy Central, Planet Green, Oxygen, Food Network, Shine, Travel and truTV. Formats he's launched include Chopped, Momentum, Randy Jackson Presents Lovesong, Winsanity and No Kitchen Required. He's also won two Emmys for the digital series Book Obsessed, which he directed and executive produced in 2009.