Disney-Fox Deal Leaves Fox Television Group Executives In Limbo

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Ever since 20th Century Fox TV heads Dana Walden and Gary Newman took over Fox Broadcasting Co. in summer 2014 to become chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, FBC and 20th TV had been deepening their integration with a number of executives promote…

Fox Networks Group Promotes Brian Sullivan to President, COO

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Fox Networks Group (FNG) has promoted Brian Sullivan to president and chief operating officer. He replaces Randy Freer — who left last month to lead Hulu — in the top role.

In his new gig, Sullivan will directly oversee revenue and distribution for the Fox Television Group, FX, Fox Sports and National Geographic Partners, per a company statement on Thursday. He’ll also continue to lead FNG’s Digital Consumer Group, which is responsible for its streaming apps. FNG Distribution president Michael Biard and Ad Revenue president Joe Marchese will now report to Sullivan.

FNG’s advertising revenue group is currently undergoing its own reorg. Executive vice president of Global Solutions Danielle Maged will now report to Marchese. FNG Europe and Africa President Jan Koeppen and FNG Latin America President Carlos Martinez will report jointly to Sullivan and Peter Rice, who is 21st Century Fox and chairman/chief executive officer.

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“Brian is an incredibly talented executive and has been instrumental in leading the direct to consumer efforts across our brands,” said Rice, who is Sullivan’s boss. “Brian’s track record at Sky and his proven expertise in building digital video consumer products has made him an invaluable part of our senior leadership team, and I look forward to working with him to continue to focus and operationalize our revenue, distribution and D2C efforts.”

“Fox Networks Group’s exceptional portfolio of brands continues to have an unrivaled reach and influence around the world at a time of dramatic transformation for our industry,” Sullivan said. “I look forward to my expanded role as I continue working with FNG’s leadership to grow our business and drive consumer choice in the emerging TV ecosystem.”

Sullivan will continue to serves as a Hulu board member, along with Rice and Dana Walden.

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Fox Boss Dana Walden Addresses Misconduct Scandals: ‘Our Organization Is Changing’

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Fox Television Group co-chairman and CEO Dana Walden addressed sexism in the industry, and recent scandals at Fox News, during her appearance at TheWrap’s annual TheGrill media conference on Monday.

Walden and fellow co-chairman Gary Newman were asked about the continued allegations of sexual misconduct against Fox News employees, and both executives said that they believe that the company founded by Rupert Murdoch is a place that fosters advancement for women.

“As a woman in this organization, I can say that I don’t ever feel that I was discriminated against or prevented from opportunities,” Walden said. “I’ve never felt from Lachlan or James or Rupert [Murdoch] that my opportunities at this organization are limited because I’m a woman.”

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But she pointed out that many old-guard media companies have issues involving gender-based discrimination.

“I have a lot of deep feelings about the industry,” Walden said. “I think if any of the boulders were turned over in any old-legacy media company, they’d probably find the same issues running around like crabs when you roll a rock. You’d find the same problems in any legacy company.”

She continued, “Times have changed. It’s no longer permissible to have sexist comments, but growing up in this industry, I spent time in many other organizations where it was just commonplace for men to talk about how a woman looks or give a woman a little bit of a harder time in a meeting and then say, ‘I’m just joking — it’s because I care about you.’ That’s any legacy business. Times have changed, and our organization is changing with the times.”

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Walden also weighed in on Sunday night’s Las Vegas shooting and whether broadcast TV should be limiting violent content.

“We are providing a platform to creators who are expressing their emotions, they are expressing what they are feeling — fears, joys, terror,” she said. “That’s what art is about, and we don’t want to censor it, but neither would we permit violence which feels gratuitous or glorified to be on our platform. We have a lot of smart people who are largely advocating for gun control through their art in various manners.”

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Fox TV Bosses Diss Netflix Shows for Short-Lived Buzz: ‘In and Out of the Conversation Very Quickly’

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Fox Television Group CEOs and co-chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman aren’t convinced that upstarts like Netflix and Apple are the best fit for content creators looking to sign overall deals.

The executives were among the featured speakers at TheWrap’s annual TheGrill media conference on Monday, where talk turned to Shonda Rhimes recently leaving her longtime home at ABC for a hefty multi-year deal with Netflix.

Walden pointed out that the TV producers who have overall deals with Fox, including Ryan Murphy and Seth MacFarlane, benefit from their shows potentially landing at the platform that would be the best fit, with Walden citing Murphy recently placing shows at Fox, FX and Netflix.

On the other hand, all of Rhimes’ new shows will launch on Netflix.

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“It’s a content dump,” Walden said of Netflix. “They do support a lot of their shows, but you’re in and out of the conversation very quickly. That’s not what Ryan Murphy has built an entire career on. He likes being close to the pulse of certainly this country, and in many of his shows, a global conversation. And it’s a conversation that goes out over time and keeps an audience captivated and talking on social media until its completion.”

She said that her company’s model for content distribution allows for more sustained “watercooler buzz” than Netflix shows can build.

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“My only point about Shonda is, she’s now again richly rewarded, as she should be, but at a place where all of her shows will be at Netflix,” Walden continued.

“If she comes up with a show that could explode on FX or on Fox, that’s not a possibility for her anymore — she’s locked into one mode of distribution. I can point to a lot of our creators who want to be more prolific than that and want to be more a part of the conversation.”

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Ex-Sony PR Exec Jean Guerin Joins Fox Broadcasting Company

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Jean Guerin was named executive vice president of publicity & corporate communications at the Fox Broadcasting Company Monday, barely an hour after she exited a senior publicity post at Sony.

At Fox, she will be the chief media strategist where she will oversee all program publicity and report to Shannon Ryan, chief marketing officer of Fox Television Group.

“Jean is a gifted strategist and one of the most respected communications executives in television and film,” said Ryan in a statement. “Her extensive experience, combined with her keen knowledge of the business, makes her the perfect fit for FOX, and we can’t wait for her to join our talented publicity team.”

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On Monday, Sony announced that Tahra Grant would be replacing Guerin as SVP of Media Relations at the Motion Picture Group. Guerin joined the studio in 2014 and oversaw all global communications for the company’s film divisions including Columbia, TriStar, Sony Pictures Animation, Screen Gems, and Sony Pictures Animation.

Prior to Sony, Guerin spent 14 years at NBC Universal, most recently as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for NBCU Cable Entertainment Group. There, she oversaw corporate communications, brand positioning and media oversight for the company’s 11 major cable entertainment and lifestyle networks including USA, Bravo, E!, Oxygen and Esquire.

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From 2004 to 2012, Guerin served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications for USA Network where she ran all media oversight and brand leadership and also launched USA’s first ever branding campaign titled Characters Welcome. She joined NBCUniversal in 2000 as Vice President of Corporate Communications for Syfy Network. Guerin began her career at PMK in New York.

Fox Reality Boss: How ‘The Four’ Will Be Like ‘Game of Thrones’ With ‘Better Singing and Less Nudity’

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Fox plans to succeed “American Idol” with new singing competition “The Four,” executives announced Tuesday at the Television Critics Association Summer Press Tour. Also during the Beverly Hilton media event, reality boss Rob Wade provided a pretty great summary of the complicated Israeli format adaptation, which will not be ready for American airwaves until 2018.

“It’s basically like ‘Game of Thrones,’ with better singing and less nudity,” he quipped.

Wade also called the concept “brilliantly dramatic, exciting and spontaneous” — but hyping new alternative series is kind of his job. Fox Television Group chairman and CEO Dana Walden added that she probably won’t put “The Four” up against ABC’s “Idol” reboot and NBC’s “The Voice.” Good call.

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Fox’s new series will pit four semi-finalists — chosen at the beginning of the series by a panel of “music industry experts” — against the audience, who will submit audition videos vying to replace one of the four on stage. If any of the four are outperformed by a challenger they’ll be replaced the following week.

At the end of the competition, the four left standing will compete against one another and the winner will have the panelists join their team to “help shepherd the winner’s career and be fully invested in making him or her a breakout star,” per the net. None of the panelists or hosts have yet been announced.

Read more about “The Four” here.

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Fox’s 2017-18 Schedule: ‘Empire’ (Finally) Shifts to 8, ‘X-Files’ Lands Midseason Start

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Fox unveiled its 2017-18 schedule this morning, which included hip-hop soap “Empire” shifting an hour earlier and “The X-Files” returning for midseason.

On Mondays, new Marvel series “The Gifted” will air after “Lucifer.” “The Mick” moves up to the fall for the next night, and will lead in to “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” on Tuesdays. “Lethal Weapon” shifts to the same evening, kicking primetime off for the aforementioned sitcoms.

“Empire” and “Star” reunite on Wednesdays, with “Empire” now offering a very strong lead-in a 8 p.m.. “Gotham” will now air on Thursdays, leading in to Seth MacFarlane’s “The Orville.” Fridays are for “Hell’s Kitchen” and “The Exorcist.”

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For the midseason, Fox will introduce some of its new series, including Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk procedural drama “9-1-1,” medical drama “The Resident” and Will Ferrell and Adam McKay-produced comedy “LA to Vegas.”

In addition to all its normal programming, Fox is also airing two live musical events — “A Christmas Story” in December and “Rent,” which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.

“This past season, we launched five of the top 15 new series – more than any other network – and next season, we’re using our strongest series to launch new shows and grow returning series,” Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group, said in a statement. “We’re strategically pairing shows that have greater compatibility to increase audience flow and create higher duplication on each night. We endeavored to develop a mix of provocative, compelling dramas; broad, funny comedies; and exciting, live events from the best creators in the business – and we’re excited about these new shows.”

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Fox’s fall schedule is below, with new programs in ALL CAPS.

8-9 P.M. —  Lucifer
9-10 P.M. — THE GIFTED

8-9 P.M. — Lethal Weapon
9-9:30 P.M. — The Mick
9:30-10 P.M. — Brooklyn Nine-Nine

8-9 P.M. — Empire
9-10 P.M. — Star

8-9 P.M. — Gotham

8-9 P.M. — Hell’s Kitchen
9-10 P.M. — The Exorcist

7-10:30 P.M. — Fox Sports Saturday: Fox College Football

7-7:30 P.M. — NFL on Fox
7:30-8 P.M. The OT / Bob’s Burgers
8-8:30 P.M. — The Simpsons
8:30-9 P.M. — GHOSTED
9-9:30 P.M. — Family Guy
9:30-10 P.M. — The Last Man on Earth

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Here are all the new series descriptions, in Fox’s own words:


The drama tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Reed (Stephen Moyer) and Caitlin (Amy Acker) Strucker are typical middle-class parents dealing with the realities of raising a family. However, when their teenage kids, Lauren (Natalie Alyn Lind) and Andy (Percy Hynes White), are involved in an incident at their high school which reveals they are mutants, Reed and Caitlin do all in their power to protect their children. Forced to go on the run, the Struckers must leave behind their old lives to flee from a relentless government agency that tracks down mutants, the Sentinel Services, which includes Agent Jace Turner (Coby Bell).

Complicating matters further is the fact that Reed is a prosecutor in the district attorney’s office tasked with going after mutants. Desperate and running low on options, the family’s only choice is to contact an underground network that helps mutants in trouble. The mutants in the network – Eclipse/Marcos Diaz (Sean Teale), Blink/Clarice Fong (Jamie Chung), Polaris/Lorna Dane (Emma Dumont) and Thunderbird/John Proudstar (Blair Redford) – are dealing with their own issues. With one of their members in prison and their team possibly compromised, they face an uncertain future in a world that looks increasingly dangerous for mutants.

“The Gifted” is written by Matt Nix (“Burn Notice”), directed by Bryan Singer (the “X-Men” franchise) and executive-produced by Nix, Singer, Lauren Shuler Donner, Simon Kinberg , Jeph Loeb and Jim Chory. 20th Century Fox Television and Marvel Television are producing.

From Emmy Award-winning executive producer and creator Seth MacFarlane and directed by Jon Favreau, “The Orville” is a one-hour science fiction series set 400 years in the future that follows the adventures of the U.S.S. Orville, a mid-level exploratory vessel. Its crew, both human and alien, faces the wonders and dangers of outer space, while also dealing with the familiar, often humorous problems of regular people in a workplace…even though some of those people are from other planets, and the workplace is a faster-than-light spaceship. In the 25th century, Earth is part of the Planetary Union, a far-reaching, advanced and mostly peaceful civilization with a fleet of 3,000 ships. Down on his luck after a bitter divorce, Planetary Union officer Ed Mercer (MacFarlane) finally gets his chance to command one of these ships: the U.S.S. Orville. Determined to prove his worth and write a new chapter in his life, Ed finds that task all the more difficult when the First Officer assigned to his ship is his ex-wife, Kelly Grayson (Adrianne Palicki).

As the new commander, Ed assembles a qualified, but eccentric crew, including his best friend, Gordon Malloy (Scott Grimes), who has problems with authority, but is the best helmsman in the fleet; Dr. Claire Finn (Penny Johnson Jerald), one of the Union’s most accomplished physicians; Bortus (Peter Macon), an alien from a single-sex species; Isaac (Mark Jackson), an artificial life-form from a machine society that thinks biological life-forms are inferior; navigator John Lamarr (J. Lee), whose casual humor cuts through even the most dire situations; Alara Kitan (Halston Sage), a young, inexperienced security officer whose home planet’s high gravity gives her superior physical strength; and Yaphit, a gelatinous creature voiced by comedian Norm Macdonald. Somehow, Ed and Kelly must put the past behind them and, with the help of the crew, navigate fascinating and sometimes dangerous adventures in outer space, as well as the tumultuous and captivating day-to-day personal relationships with their colleagues.

20th Century Fox Television, along with MacFarlane, Favreau, Brannon Braga, David A. Goodman, Jason Clark and Liz Heldens are executive producing.

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Starring Craig Robinson and Adam Scott, “Ghosted” is a single-camera, action-comedy about the unlikely partnership between two down-on-their-luck polar opposites tasked with an even more unlikely mission: saving the human race from aliens. Leroy Wright (Robinson) is a cynical skeptic and former missing persons detective, who, if we’re speaking frankly, thinks that “aliens” are a big ole bunch of B.S. and that people who believe in them are certifiably nuts…People like Max Jennifer (Scott). Max is a genius “true believer” in the paranormal who’s convinced his wife was abducted by aliens. At low points in their lives, both Leroy and Max are recruited by Captain Ava Lafrey (Ally Walker), a take-no-prisoners, former Air Force test pilot and head of the Bureau Underground, a secret government organization investigating paranormal cases. Lafrey, along with her staff – Barry Shaw (Adeel Akhtar), an overly friendly forensic pathologist, and Delilah Ward, a highly opinionated tech specialist – will support Leroy and Max in their quest for answers. Now, this heroic group of underdogs will look into “unexplained” activity in Los Angeles that often leads them to scary, thrilling and hilarious places, as they attempt to uncover the truth and keep the earth rotating on its axis for at least one more day.

Twentieth Century Fox is producing. Tom Gormican, Kevin Etten, Jonathan Krisel, Robinson, Scott, Naomi Scott, Oly Obst and Mark Schulman are executive producing.


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From prolific creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk, new procedural drama 9-1-1 is a fast-paced exploration into the lives and careers of first responders – cops, paramedics, firefighters – the people who put their lives on the line to save others. Starring Academy and Emmy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Angela Bassett (“American Horror Story”), the series is based on the real-life, high-pressure experiences of emergency response providers who are thrust into heart-stopping situations that are equal parts unpredictable, intense and uplifting.

Twentieth Century Fox Television, Ryan Murphy Television and Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision are producing.

Focusing on three doctors at different stages of their careers and a dedicated young nurse, “The Resident” is a provocative new medical drama that rips back the curtain to reveal the truth of what really happens, both good and bad, in hospitals across the country. Meet Dr. Conrad Hawkins (Matt Czuchry), one of the best doctors at Chastain Park Memorial Hospital. Charming, arrogant and only a third-year resident, Conrad does everything in the most unconventional way possible. Along with treating patients, Conrad believes it is his job to burst the illusions of first-year residents, like Dr. Devon Pravesh (Manish Dayal), and turn them into real-life doctors. Devon is an innocent idealist, who wears his finely tuned moral compass and passion for science like armor. With Conrad’s help, however, Devon quickly discovers the reality of his chosen profession is not what he imagined, and that ethical lines are often blurred. Nothing, not even the best medical school in the country, could have prepared him for what he’s about to learn.

As Devon accompanies Conrad through the hospital’s halls, he meets distinguished chief of surgery Dr. Randolph Bell (Bruce Greenwood), the face of the hospital and its most sought-after doctor, whose diminishing skills, and the errors they cause, are covered with the help of allies under his command; Dr. Mina Okafor (Shaunette Renée Wilson), a rising star surgeon from Nigeria who is threatening Bell’s dominance, but who also is in the U.S. on a visa; and Nicolette Nevin (Emily VanCamp), one of Chastain Memorial’s most respected nurses and Conrad’s on-again-off-again romantic partner. While Conrad opens Devon’s eyes to the stark realities of hospital life, the once-optimistic young doctor soon realizes that the practice of medicine is a business, like any other. Not all patients are angels and not all doctors are gods, but one thing’s for sure: expectations are meant to be shattered.

Twentieth Century Fox Television is producing. Antoine Fuqua, Amy Holden Jones, David Boorstein, Oly Obst, Hayley Schore, Roshan Sethi and Phillip Noyce are executive producing. Noyce is directing. Holden Jones, Schore and Sethi are writing.

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From executive producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Lon Zimmet  and Steve Levitan, “LA to Vegas” is a single-camera ensemble comedy about an airline crew and the eccentric passengers who, every weekend, take the roundtrip flight from Los Angeles to Las Vegas with one goal in mind – to come back a winner. Welcome to Jackpot Airlines, a budget carrier whose junket flight from LA to Vegas and back again, is filled with dreamers looking for that big score.

Holding (or, more to the point, barely holding) these voyages together is Ronnie (Kim Matula), a long-suffering flight attendant who tries to keep her cool (oftentimes, with little success) whether she’s dealing with a bi-polar bride-to-be or the dead body in Row 13. Managing the revolving door of bachelor parties and 21st birthdays gets even trickier when Ronnie develops a “location-ship” with Colin (Ed Weeks), a regular passenger and an economics professor, whose son and soon-to-be ex-wife live in Vegas. Further complicating her job every weekend is Captain Dave (Dylan McDermott), the narcissistic pilot whose fighter-pilot dreams never quite worked out; Bernard (Nathan Lee Graham), the always-positive career flight attendant who thinks there’s no flight more magical than the LA-to-Vegas; Artem (Peter Stormare), the genial professional gambler who serves as the plane’s resident (but unofficial) bookie; and Nichole (Olivia Macklin), the sweet-natured, part-time stripper who’s a lot savvier than people realize. It won’t be easy, but this unlikely group of miscreants and dreamers will eventually go from being strangers on a plane to a supportive, if unconventional, family…from Friday to Sunday…whether they like it or not.

Twentieth Century Fox Television and Gary Sanchez Productions are producing. Zimmet is writing and Levitan is directing.

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Fox Insiders ‘Impressed and Proud’ After Bill O’Reilly Banishment

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In making the hard decision to banish Bill O’Reilly from their kingdom, the Murdoch family that runs the Fox realm has taken the high road on behalf of its values and internal culture.

Sexual harassment, they are saying, won’t be tolerated.

Anything less than dismissing O’Reilly — half-measures that were being considered, according to individuals I’ve talked to — just would not do.

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The decision is already resonating positively inside the company, where many of the top executives are women, from 20th Century Fox Co-Chairman Stacey Snider to Fox Television Group CEO Dana Walden.

“Impressed and proud,” one Fox insider told me in shorthand.

The other reaction that trickled out on Wednesday afternoon after the news broke: a very simple “Thank God.”

That sense of relief belies three weeks of iron tension as loyal employees inside the Murdoch-led media conglomerate — including those who have nothing to do with Fox News — struggled to pretend they didn’t notice or care.

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For weeks now, corporate spokespeople have carefully avoided conversations about the subject, even with people who they have known for decades (like, say, me). At Fox News itself, staffers have been in the habit of hanging up the phone at the first hint of an O’Reilly conversation.

Which only means that it was getting in the way.

It certainly helped tip the balance that more than half of O’Reilly’s advertisers fled within days of The New York Times report that Fox and the host had paid $13 million to make sexual harassment lawsuits from at least five women go away. Well over 60 brands told Fox they didn’t want to be associated with him.

But the fact that the payoffs dated back over several years meant that Fox leadership knew about the issue and tolerated it, even as they pledged to turn a new page and improve the culture when they cut loose Roger Ailes last summer, another bigwig who apparently behaved like a pig around some women.

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The exposure by the Times suggested both hypocrisy and secrecy at Fox, not to mention an old boy’s “locker room” culture that sounded  awfully familiar to some…. (Nobody just said “Trump,” did they?)

Then primetime host Megyn Kelly left, and Greta Van Susteren was dismissed (as an Ailes ally who overplayed her hand), meaning two more women gone from the network roster. O’Reilly notably downplayed Trump’s “pussy-grabbing” remarks in October as “crude guy talk.” Then the candidate gave him an interview.

The internal contradiction could not stand. Either Fox wanted to cut itself off from this behavior and the lawsuits that continued to cascade in as a result, or it was willing to tolerate it to maintain a very lucrative cable empire.

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The champions of a new corporate culture won out. And while the message sent out internally by Rupert, James and Lachlan Murdoch said little about O’Reilly’s misbehavior, it closed on this important note:

“Most importantly, we want to underscore our consistent commitment to fostering a work environment built on the values of trust and respect.”

Now that they’ve made this decision, they can do so.

Congratulations, Fox, you did good.

Fox’s Dana Walden On Future Of ’24: Legacy’, ‘Pitch’ & More + Keeping Current & ‘This Is Us’ Success – INTV

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Fox Television Group Chairman and CEO Dana Walden says, “Great entertainment can also have a great social message,” but, “the best entertainment tackles social issues in a seamless way.” Walden, who was speaking at the INTV conference here in Jerusalem, referenced upcoming event series, Shots Fired, which examines the aftermath of two racially charged shootings in a small Southern town. This was during a wide-ranging talk that touched on the network’s current roster and…

Fox Taps DreamWorks Exec Jim Fielding For Top Consumer Products Post

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Industry vet Jim Fielding has been named President of Consumer Products and Innovation for Fox Television Group and Twentieth Century Fox Film.
In his new role, Fielding will oversee licensing, product development and new business opportunities in the consumer retail space across both businesses and FX Networks. Fielding, who most recently served as Global Head of Consumer Products and Retail for DreamWorks Animation, will be based in Los Angeles and begin his duties…

Hollywood Bracing for Wave of Trump-Inspired TV Pitches, Fox Boss Says

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If you haven’t had enough of the real Donald Trump, don’t worry. Fictionalized versions of him may be flooding your TV screens soon enough.

The boss of the Fox Television Group, which produces fare ranging from “This Is Us” to “The Simpsons,” predicts that pitch meetings are about to get Trump-y, now that the volatile real estate mogul is about to move into the Oval Office and is dominating headlines with virtually every tweet.

“I’m sure we will,” Gary Newman, co-chairman and CEO of Fox Television Group, said in an interview Wednesday with TheWrap at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, when asked if he expects a wave of Trump-inspired scripts.

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He added that most TV writers had already finished working up their pilot ideas for the current development season before the November election. But, “I’m sure next year, we’re gonna get pitches that will have Trump-like characters at the heart of shows, and we’ll certainly listen,” Newman said.

“Probably among the community of writers working in Hollywood, few would have believed right up until the day of the election that this was the direction it was going to go,” he added.

But the election won’t change the fundamental need for Fox – and other broadcasters – to find hits. That means shows that appeal to many millions of people, regardless of political affiliation.

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“We have talked a lot over the years about how we can’t be programming to ourselves, we can’t program within the bubble of Los Angeles and maybe the bubble of New York,” he said.  “That there’s a big, broad country between the two coasts, and we have to be mindful of their interests and sensibility.”

Fox is controlled by News Corp. billionaire Rupert Murdoch, a Trump supporter, who last year took the reins at Fox News Channel following the ouster of Roger Ailes, who had been accused of sexual harassment by numerous women.

But Newman said neither Murdoch nor any other senior executive has issued any edicts that programming should be Trump-friendly.

“We do not get those sorts of messages from our company,” he said. “Fox News is a very separate sort of entity, and we don’t receive any pressure from our management about doing shows that are appealing to certain groups or anything. And honestly, my personal political feelings are not that relevant to the programs we’re selecting …. We’re trying to appeal to a broad audience.”

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Fox Boss Gary Newman Talks ‘Pitch,’ ‘Exorcist,’ ‘This Is Us’

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Gary Newman has a lot to celebrate with “This Is Us,” the family drama his Fox studio has helped turn into a smash for NBC.

As for some of the recent dramas on the Fox network itself, such as “Pitch” and “The Exorcist” – well, stay tuned.

“This Is Us” just logged another series ratings record this week for NBC, but Fox is clearly struggling with some of its own network dramas, including “Pitch” with newcomer Kylie Bunbury as a female Major League Baseball star.

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“”We would have loved to have seen a bigger audience,” Newman, Chairman and CEO of the Fox Television Group, told reporters Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, referring to “Pitch.” Fox aired 10 episodes earlier this season but has yet to make a decision about renewal.

“We liked that the show was about something, it was very specific,” Newman added.  “I don’t think the [ratings] performance level allowed us to make an early decision about it.” The question, he added, is “do we have a place on our schedule where we can grow it?” As the network ponders its fall schedule announcement in May, Newman said, executives will consider the case for “Pitch.”

The same purgatory awaits “The Exorcist,” a TV version of the horror movie franchise starring Geena Davis, which has delivered so-so numbers.

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“Both shows, we can’t make decisions on yet,” Fox Entertainment President David Madden told reporters.

As for “This Is Us,” Newman said Fox executives had weighed keeping the show on their network, but ultimately believed that it was a better fit for NBC, which had scored success with similarly toned family dramas such as “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights.” Of course, Fox’s studio will enjoy returns on the library value of the series for years to come.

The lesson of the show’s success, he added, was to “let your writers tell a personal story.”

Madden also said that Fox continued to pursue live theatrical events, even though the network saw mediocre results from its recent adaptation of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” this season.

“We had hoped to be sitting here announcing our next live theatrical event,” Madden said, although the deal could not come together in time. “We believe live theatrical is a big part of television.”

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