Xbox Entertainment hires AMC exec to develop unscripted content

We’ve yet to see what Xbox Entertainment Studios can do, but the team being built there certainly has some chops. Microsoft’s latest hire is former AMC programming director Ari Mark, the company confirms. Mark’s focus at the Walking Dead cable network was on unscripted content, and he’ll continue to work in the same direction in his new post. He had a hand in developing a number of series’ at his former job, including The PitchSmall Town SecurityComic Book Men, and Talking Dead.

There’s no word on what specific projects Mark is working on, though Xbox Entertainment has a couple of documentary-style projects in development. There’s a documentary series from producers Jonathan and Simon Chinn that will kick off with a look at the fabled burial in 1983 of thousands of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial game cartridges for Atari 2600. Also in development is a documentary series called Every Street United that is set to take a look at street soccer in the run-up to the 2014 World Cup.

Mark will report to Nancy Tellem, the former CBS exec that Microsoft hired in 2012 to head up its then-new entertainment division.

[Image via Xbox Entertainment Studios]

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