Kary McHoul Named ABC Family’s Head of Unscripted Programming and Development

The industry veteran previously expanded E! and Style networks and launched “The Anna Nicole Smith Show”

Kary McHoul will fill ABC Family’s newly created role of Senior Vice President, Programming and Development Unscripted, the company announced Friday.

McHoul will assume the position Feb. 9. She’ll report to the company’s Executive Vice President, Programming and Development, Karey Burke.

“Kary is simply the best in the business. She has an incredible track record of creating, packaging and launching hit shows across genres and platforms. She knows how to capture an audience, and we are honored that she has chosen to lead our charge into unscripted series programming. I had the pleasure of working with Kary during her tenure at FOX, and am thrilled to be reunited with her here at ABC Family,” Burke said in a news release.

Before joining ABC Family, McHoul was E! and Style networks’ first head of development, expanding both brands while launching “The Anna Nicole Smith Show.” McHoul also served as president at Nigel Lythgoe Productions, the force behind Fox hits such as “American Idol,” “The Simple Life with Paris Hilton” and “Hell’s Kitchen.” She also served as Senior Vice President of Specials, Alternative and Late Night Programming at Fox, where she also helped launch “Nanny 911,” “Family Guy” and “So You Think You Can Dance?”

McHoul’s digital background includes serving as a consultant on YouTube channel “DanceOn” which was co-founded by Madonna.

McHoul began her career as an intern on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”