FOX has tapped two people to lead the network following the departure of Kevin Reilly, and is also combining its network and sister studio, 20th Century Fox TV, under one umbrella.
Dana Walden and Gary Newman, who have headed 20th Century Fox TV since 1999, will be chairmen and CEOs of the newly formed Fox Television Group. They’ll oversee the operations of both the network and the studio.
“As we look to the future of the broadcast television business, it is clear that the best path forward is to operate our creative and broadcast divisions under the leadership of a single team, and that Gary and Dana are the perfect executives to take on this new role,” says Chase Carey, president and COO of parent company 21st Century Fox. “… The closer alignment of these two properties, coupled with a unified vision from Dana and Gary, gives us a clear advantage in creating even more hit content that will benefit both businesses.”
During Walden and Newman’s tenure running 20th TV, the studio has produced the likes of “Modern Family,” “How I Met Your Mother,” “Bones,” “Sleepy Hollow,” “Glee,” “New Girl” and “American Horror Story.”
“Television has never been more creatively vibrant and the business has never been more dynamic. Our goal is to make FBC the number one destination for creators with big visions and bold ideas, because our guiding principle has always been ‘talent first,'” Walden and Newman say in a statement. “We are humbled by the challenges and exhilarated by the opportunities ahead. It’s an exciting time.”