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Microsoft has tapped Ari Mark, AMC's former programming director, to develop "unscripted" content for Xbox Entertainment Studios.
"Unscripted" is likely a euphemism for reality TV-style content, as that was Mark's forte at AMC. At the network, he produced reality shows like The Pitch, Small Town Security, the Walking Dead-spinoff Talking Dead, and Kevin Smith's Comic Book Men. He previously served as director of development for The Sundance Channel.
Our Take:While we haven't seen the results of its efforts yet, Microsoft is clearly serious about delivering original TV-style programming to Xbox One. Mark is another major player, joining a team that included Nancy Tellem, who is widely credited with turning around the fortunes of CBS.