Chris Rantamaki to Oversee Nonscripted Fare at Spike


Chris Rantamaki has been named vp original series at Spike.
The former vp production will oversee development of nonscripted series and report to Sharon Levy, executive vp original series and animation.
"With such extensive experience in the reality television world, we look forward to him playing an instrumental part in developing programming that resonates with our viewers," Levy said Wednesday.
Before joining Spike, Rantamaki spent four years at Discovery Channel, previously serving as vp production, where he oversaw series including Auction Kings, Cook County Jail and Expedition Alaska.
He also has executive produced a number of other unscripted series, including Miami Ink and Ambush Makeover in addition to producing talk shows Queen Latifah, Dr. Joy Browne and Jerry Springer.
The move comes as Spike looks to broaden its reach beyond the young male demo.