Andrew Simonian is the President of Standard Media Company. He is responsible for all creative and business decisions, including the creation, development, acquisition, sale, and production of scripted and unscripted television, film, and new media projects. Andrew has Created and Executive Produced original formats for numerous networks including VH1, MTV, Lifetime, Travel, Fuse, and BET. His first book, “Bi-Curious George”, was recently distributed by Simon & Schuster.
He recently completed an overall deal to serve as SVP & Head of Development at 5X5 Media, working closely on projects with companies such as CW, TLC, Lifetime, Syfy, TBS, and Warner Horizon. Previous to that, he was under an overall deal as head of development and production at Lightningworks.
Standard Media Digital creates and produces mobile applications for iOS and Android, including top sellers in over 40 countries around the world, using development teams in India, Pakistan, and Canada.
Standard Media Consulting works with business and entertainment companies on a full range of services, from operations and corporate structure to purely creative matters, including strategic partnerships, corporate strategy, digital, sales, leasing, video production, and publishing. Clients range from talent managers and film producers to news agencies, photographers, and television production companies.
Before founding Standard Media, Andrew served as Vice President of Alternative Development at Fox Television Studios, where he developed original content, acquired international formats, managed overall deals, and oversaw productions including Most Popular (Lifetime) and Surgery Saved My Life (Discovery).
Prior to joining Fox Television Studios, Andrew was Head of Development at The Gurin Company where he oversaw projects with ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, USA, Bravo, Lifetime, SyFy, GSN, Sony, Tribune, TV Guide Channel, and ITV (UK). He developed and packaged shows with talent such as Daniel Tosh, Magic Johnson, Snoop Dogg, The Blue Collar Comedy guys, The Wayans Brothers, Bill Walsh, Andrew Dice Clay, DMC, Stephen De Souza, John Paul Dejoria, and many others.
Before joining The Gurin Company, Andrew spent two years working as an assistant at the William Morris Agency in the Alternative Television Department.
Before moving to William Morris, Andrew founded and ran ASH Entertainment, a production company that specialized in international video production and the writing and rewriting of scripted feature films.
Andrew earned his degree in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business and his Certificate in Film from NYU. He currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two children.