News: Reality TV's Growing Pains: What Will It Take to Find The Next Big Hit?
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Even top executives and producers admit that the genre has become tired - an overload of singing battles, food challenges, screaming housewives and dating competitions.
CBS recently named a new head of reality TV, Chris Castallo, while Fox is looking to fill the top job in its alternative department (which infamous reality kingpin Mike Darnell vacated at the end of July).
On the production side, companies such as FremantleMedia North America (American Idol), A. Smith and Co. (Hell's Kitchen) and Studio Lambert have also undergone management changes or brought in new execs.
Other outfits, including Thinkfactory Media (Gene Simmons' Family Jewels) and Gurney Productions (Duck Dynasty), have sold controlling stakes in their companies to larger conglomerates.
The appetite is there, particularly as new cable channels like Esquire Network, Pivot and a rebranded TVGN look for fresh programming to define their brand, and major cable networks like USA and TNT aim for their first reality
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