Spike TV has hired Ted Gold as senior vice president, scripted original series.
Gold, who will lead a newly created scripted development team and oversee all scripted program for the network, previously had served as president of television and executive producer at Parkes +Macdonald/Universal Television. Under his overall deal with NBCUniversal, Gold developed projects for HBO, Showtime, NBC and others, and produced the NBC pirate drama “Crossbones.”
Spike’s vice president, original series Justin Lacob will report to Gold. Lacob will continue to work on non-scripted projects.
“Ted’s eye for great material, strong relationships and competitive tenacity makes him perfectly suited to lead our new scripted development team,” Spike’s executive vice president, original series Sharon Levy said. “Ted will play an integral role on my team as we continue to create programming for our ever-broadening audience.”
Though largely known for reality fare such as “Bar Rescue,” “Ink Master” and “Auction Hunters,” the network recently has made strides in the scripted field, ordering “Tut,” its first scripted event series in seven years, for a 2015 premiere, as well as an event series about the Crusades.
Gold’s other television stints include head of television for Deuce Three Productions/CBS Paramount Television, and senior vice president, series development at Fox, where he oversaw programming that included “Bones,” “Prison Break” and “Terminator: The Sarach Connor Chronicles.”