Emmy and two-time Peabody Award winner Andy Cohen is the man behind hits such as Top Chef and The Real Housewives franchises. In addition to presiding over Bravo’s reality TV empire as their Executive Vice President of Development and Talent, Andy is also Host and Executive Producer of Watch What Happens Live, Bravo’s late-night, interactive talk show featuring guests such as Meryl Streep, Tina Fey and Sarah Jessica Parker. He is also Host of the network’s highly-rated reunion specials. An overly talkative pop culture obsessive from a young age, Cohen started at Bravo in 2005 as Senior Vice President of Original Programming & Development, rising to his current position in December 2010. Since then, he has overseen an impressive list of unscripted series and specials, including the Peabody Award-winning Project Runway, Queer Eye, Work Out, Being Bobby Brown, Top Design, Make Me a Supermodel, Blow Out, Kathy Griffin: My Life On the D-List, The A-List Awards, The Millionaire Matchmaker, Million Dollar Listing, The Rachel Zoe Project, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist, Bethenny Ever After, Tabatha’s Salon Takeover, and Flipping Out. Andy previously served as Vice President of Original Programming for TRIO (pop, culture, TV), developing and supervising all of TRIO’s original productions, including the original documentaries Gay Republicans; Easy Riders, Raging Bulls; Brilliant, But Cancelled; and the original series Pilot Season, 24w/, and Parking Lot. Cohen received an Emmy for season six of Top Chef at the 2010 Primetime Emmy Awards. He has also been nominated for 11 additional Emmys as Executive Producer of Project Greenlight, Project Runway, Top Chef, and Queer Eye. He was granted a Peabody Award as Executive Producer of the TRIO documentary The N Word in 2005, and won another in 2008 as an Executive Producer of Project Runway. Andy Cohen appears regularly on NBC’s Today, Morning Joe, and Joy Behar, and has also co-hosted Live! with Regis and Kelly and the 10:00 a.m. hour of NBC’s Today. He has been profiled by The New York Times, Glamour magazine, Vanity Fair, People, Entertainment Weekly, the Los Angeles Times, TV Guide magazine, and New York magazine, and has been a guest on Late Show with David Letterman, NBC’s Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, as well as on The View. In 2011, Cohen was featured in TV Guide’s “Hotlist” and OUT’s “Out 100.” In June 2010, he was listed as one of TV Guide’s “25 Most Influential People in Television”; he has also appeared on the cover of The Advocate.
Before joining TRIO, Cohen served 10 years at CBS News as Senior Producer of The Early Show, as well as a Producer for CBS News’48 Hours and for CBS This Morning. He graduated from Boston University with a BA in broadcast journalism.
Stories from the Front Lines of Pop Culture
Henry Holt and Co.
The man behind the Real Housewives writes about his lifelong love affair with pop culture that brought him from the suburbs of St. Louis to his own television...