As Senior Vice President, Development, Bravo Media, Rachel Smith oversees the non-scripted development for the network including pilots, casting reels and original concepts. Based in New York, she reports to Frances Berwick, President, Lifestyle Networks, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment.
Previously, Smith served as Senior Vice President, Current Production, Bravo and oversaw hit original series suchas The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Don’t Be Tardy…, The Real Housewives of Potomac and The Real Housewives of Dallas as well as upcoming series Summer House, Relative Success with Tabatha, and First Family of Hip Hop.
Prior to joining Bravo in 2013, Smith was Vice President, Original Programming at BBC America where she spearheaded the production of unscripted originals for the networkincluding the Emmy-nominated Wild Things with Dominic Monaghan, Royally Mad with Cat Deeley, Richard Hammond’s Crash Course, The Nerdist with Chris Hardwick and Almost Royal, along with numerous specials around the Planet Earth, Top Gear and Doctor Who franchises. Before BBC America, Smith held the role of Vice President, Development & Production, Scripted Programming at The Independent Film Channel and Executive Producer, Discovery Fit and Health & Planet Green. While at IFC, she developed and executive produced various scripted comedies including, The Whitest Kids You Know, Bollywood Hero with Chris Kattan and The Minor Accomplishments of Jackie Woodman. Smith previously worked at Bravo from 1999 to 2005 in both the development and production departments where she helped develop The Real Housewives of Orange County, Million Dollar Listing Los Angeles, and oversaw The Kathy Griffin Show.
Smith is originally from Australia and received her Masters in Media Studies at The New School.