As Executive Vice President, Development, Bravo and E!, Rachel Smith oversees a bi-coastal team supporting unscripted development for the networks including pilots, casting reels and original concepts. Based in New York, she reports to Frances Berwick, President, Lifestyle Networks, NBCUniversal.
Most recently, Smith expanded her role with the combining of Bravo and E! development. In 2017, she was elevated to Senior Vice President, Bravo Development. Previously from 2013-2016, Smith was Senior Vice President, Current Production, Bravo where she oversaw hit original series such as The Real Housewives of Atlanta, Don’t Be Tardy…, The Real Housewives of Potomac and The Real Housewives of Dallas, as well as Summer House.
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 network including 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.