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Spike TV is continuing its push back into scripted territory.
The Viacom-owned cable network has tapped Ted Gold to the newly created position of senior vp scripted original series. Gold will lead the new scripted development team and oversee all scripted programming for Spike, from development through production. He also will be tasked with devising a competitive and creative strategy to further Spike as a home for original scripted programming.
“Ted’s eye for great material, strong relationships and competitive tenacity makes him perfectly suited to lead our new scripted development team,” said Spike TV executive vp orignal series Sharon Levy. “Ted will play an integral role on my team as we continue to create programming for our ever-broadening audience.”
Spike TV original series vp Justin Lacob now will report to Gold as part of the newly formed scripted development team. Lacob will continue to work on nonscripted projects as well, with that division overseen by senior vp original series Chris Rantamaki.
Before Spike, Gold was president of television and an exec producer at Parkes + Macdonald, which has an overall development pact at Universal Television. During his tenure there, he developed projects for HBO, Showtime, Amazon.com, ABC, USA and NBC and also produced NBC’s John Malkovich pirate drama Crossbones. Before that, he was head of TV at Deuce Three Productions/CBS Paramount Television, where he worked for Curtis Hanson. Gold also is a former senior vp series development at Fox, where he oversaw dramas including Bones, Prison Break and Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. He also developed for Spelling Television, Alliance/Atlantis and New World Entertainment.
The news comes as Spike will debut its first scripted event series in seven years with the King Tut mini Tut in 2015. The cabler also is developing scripted fare including Pierce Brosnan‘s The Crusaders, Stephen Frey adaptation The Chairman, Richard D. “Skip” Bronson‘s War at the Shore and Carl Hiaasen‘s Basket Case.
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