AMC’s Charlie Collier to Become Entertainment CEO of ‘New Fox’

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AMC’s Charlie Collier will run entertainment for “New Fox” following the close of 21st Century Fox’s sale of film and TV assets to Disney.

Collier’s title will be CEO of entertainment. He had previously served as President and General Manager for AMC Networks.

“Charlie is a singular talent, combining creative success with operational expertise to lead the AMC Network with some of television’s most memorable programming,” said “New Fox” CEO Lachlan Murdoch.  “Charlie’s skills and experience will help Fox continue to transform the broadcast television business.”

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Following the close of the deal, which is expected sometime early next year, Gary Newman will leave the company. Newman, along with Dana Walden, had served as chairmen and CEOs of the Fox Television Group. Walden is moving over to Disney to lead Disney-ABC’s TV networks and studio. Walden and Newman will remain in their current roles with Fox until the close of the deal. Collier will begin to transition into his new role Nov. 1.

“I am incredibly gratified by the accomplishments, relationships and legacy we created during my time with the Fox family,” said Newman in a statement. “Charlie is a longtime friend and colleague and he will be inheriting a team of passionate and incredibly talented executives.  This accelerated transition allows me to pursue new opportunities on my own timeline with the comfort I am leaving the network in capable hands.”

Per an insider with knowledge of the situation, it was always the plan for Newman to remain with Fox through the duration of the current broadcast TV season. The company had been looking for a permanent entertainment CEO, and once they found Collier they decided to make the announcement now.

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The hire also signals that Fox, despite losing its sister studio 20th Century Fox in the deal to Disney, will remain a major player in the scripted business. The company has made live sports a major part of its programming strategy, with “Thursday Night Football” deal and its upcoming WWE deal for “Smackdown Live.” Under Collier, AMC launched its scripted business, with “The Walking Dead,” as well as the Emmy-winning “Mad Men” and “Breaking Bad.” Collier has previously held roles with Oxygen and A&E Networks.

“I can’t imagine a more exciting next step than this new role at Fox, which combines the power and reach of a broadcast division, some of the best live assets on the planet from which to build entertainment audiences and fan engagement, and a proven leadership team with a ‘make new rules’ start-up mentality,” said Collier. “I’m proud of my last decade-plus at AMC Networks as the combination of a remarkable team and world-class talent led a transformation of AMCN into both a thriving global entertainment company and a premier original programmer.”

AMC Networks, meanwhile, will continue to be led by CEO Josh Sapan and COO Ed Carroll. David Madden also joined last year as president of programming for AMC, SundanceTV and AMC Studios. The company is looking for a permanent replacement for Collier.

“Charlie Collier is a stellar executive and leader. This is a great opportunity for him and we know he will make an enormous contribution to this new venture.,” said Carroll. “We will miss him and are so thankful for his many achievements here over the past decade, helping to build AMC into a powerful brand and force in original programming, and to build AMC Studios into a robust entity producing outstanding content across our portfolio of national networks. We wish him great success.”

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Peter Rice, Dana Walden to Lead Disney-ABC’s TV Networks and Studio After Fox Deal Closes

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Peter Rice and Dana Walden will lead Disney-ABC’s TV networks and studio after the Fox acquisition closes, the Walt Disney Company said on Monday. Under them, John Landgraf and Gary E. Knell will serve as chairmen of FX and Nat Geo Partners.

Ben Sherwood, the co-chair of Disney Media Networks and the president of the Disney-ABC Television Group, will remain in his role until the Fox deal is finished. We learned last month that he would be leaving.

The 21st Century Fox executives selected to move over to the high-level Disney roles are not unexpected — but they are very noteworthy and important promotions.

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Rice is currently president of 21st Century Fox and chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group. Walden currently oversees Fox’s broadcast network and its studio with partner Gary Newman, who is expected to stay put. Knell is currently president and CEO of the National Geographic Society; Landgraf is CEO for the FX networks and its studio.

Soon, Walden, Landgraf and Knell will report to Rice — as will Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide. James Goldston, the president of ABC News, will also report in to Rice, who himself reports directly to Bob Iger.

Here is the list of Walden’s direct reports:
– Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment
– Patrick Moran, president, ABC Studios
– Jonathan Davis and Howard Kurtzman, presidents of Twentieth Century Fox Television
– Bert Salke, president, Fox 21 Television Studios
– Tom Ascheim, president, Freeform
– Wendy McMahon, president, ABC Owned Television Stations Group

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“The strength of 21st Century Fox’s first-class management talent has always been a compelling part of this opportunity for us,” said Iger, the chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. “Upon completion of the acquisition, this new structure positions these proven leaders to help drive maximum value from a greatly enhanced portfolio of incredible brands and businesses.”

“I want to personally thank Ben Sherwood for his years of service at ABC and Disney,” he added. “Ben has been a valued colleague, and I deeply appreciate his many contributions and insights, as well as his professionalism and cooperation in this transition.”

“I love making television and have been fortunate to work with incredibly talented executives and storytellers,” Rice said. “Disney is the world’s preeminent creative company, and I look forward to working for Bob, and with his exceptional leadership team, to build on that amazing legacy. I also want to thank Rupert, Lachlan and James Murdoch for the privilege of working on such a wide array of movies and television, both entertainment and sports. It has been a wonderful thirty years.”

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Dana Walden Says ‘I Guess the Man Is Going to Take the Money Question’ at Fox Press Conference

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Fox co-chief Dana Walden took exception to a reporter’s question about “The Simpsons” financials during she and Gary Newman’s executive session at the Television Critics Association press tour.

We transcribed exactly how it transpired to be fair to both parties:

Reporter: “For either Gary or Dana, when you guys only ran 20th Century Fox and you were negotiating a deal with Fox [broadcast], you always made sure that you sold it at top dollar. Even though it was the same company, Fox had to justify it on their ledger sheet… So that leaves shows like ‘The Simpsons,’ which I would imagine the deal at the Fox Broadcasting Company is a not-expensive deal for a show that’s been on longer than some people in this room have been alive. I’m wondering, does it make financial sense once New Fox is separated Old Fox or Dead Fox that the show continues to be on the Fox Broadcasting Company, once that deal expires? Does it make sense financially, if you’re still at this company in two years, which you most likely won’t, would you say let’s keep it on given the ratings of ‘The Simpsons’ or does it go somewhere else?”

Walden: “Thanks for that thoughtful idea of how we can rebrand Fox. You know what, ‘The Simpsons’ is so much a part of the brand and there is such an incredible halo effect of that show and the other animated series that are on our Sunday night, there are no plans for them to go anywhere other than Fox. We have a couple of years of episodes already in progress on ‘The Simpsons.’ So, down the line what kind of decisions are made I can’t really speak to, but for the foreseeable future there’s so much upside and benefit to having a great, Emmy Award-winning, smart, provocative, quality show that there’s no consideration of not ordering more ‘Simpsons.’”

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That’s when the journalist asked Newman to weigh in as well.

Reporter: “Gary, do you want to speak in as someone who also used to work in business affairs? You also know the money just as well. Do you think financially though it will– it’s not a cheap show, right? Does that make sense? I mean, it’s a great thing to have but at what cost?”

Walden: “I guess the man is going to take the money question…”

Some critics in the ballroom laughed, others cheered and still others had an “Ooooooo” response.

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Reporter: “No, no. I said both of you, Dana. I said both of you know the money — I just said Gary also…”

Newman: “You’re just trying to get a different answer.”

Reporter: “Yes.”

(He didn’t get a much different one.)

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Fox Upfront: 7 Takeaways From Beacon Theatre Presentation to Advertisers

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With Fox’s presentation to advertisers in the books, we’re officially done with Day 1 of the 2018 broadcast upfronts week.

Fox opened its Beacon Theatre show with ad sales chief Joe Marchese and closed with “The Four” judge Meghan Trainor — though there was plenty in-between. Oh yeah, and along the way, the broadcast net debuted trailers for new fall series “The Cool Kids,”  “Rel,” and “Proven Innocent.”

Read on below for 7 things we observed from 74th and Broadway.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson: Genius at V.O.
The voice in the sky prompting us to take our seats and reminding attendees to keep their ticket stub for the after-party was none other than “Cosmos” host Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

We could listen to smooth astrophysicist read the ingredients off our (non FDA-approved) multivitamin label. “Cosmos” fans will have to wait until midseason to learn more from NDT about outer space, though.

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Who Invited the Truck?
Much of (or maybe all of) the press was seated in the first mezzanine, stage left. Joining us, apparently, was a large truck honking its horn. The beep-fest didn’t last long, but it was an easy distraction during Joe Marchese’s ad sales pitch. It’s not you, Joe — it’s the subject matter.

A little later, some sort of siren interrupted co-CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman. Might be time for some sound-proofing since, you know, this is a theater.

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Joe Don’t Dance
The aforementioned Marchese can charm media buyers into opening their wallets — but what dude can’t do is dance. Or at least, he won’t. (Actually, it’s definitely both.)

Lord knows Jamie Foxx tried to make Marchese move on Monday, but the mortified revenue raiser (playfully) wanted nothing to do with it. Don’t beat shocked if Foxx’s “Beat Shazam” isn’t back for the 2019-20 season.

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Homer Simpson Kills, Tim Allen (Mostly) Bombs

Both Homer Simpson and Tim Allen took the stage and the last man standing was actually the cartoon. Walden and Gary Newman asked the star of the longest-running scripted series in network history and the lead of the network’s recently-announced revival of the ABC sitcom “Last Man Standing,” to say a few words. While Homer crushed it with some new predictions for the future (“The Simpsons have been “eerily” accurate before), Allen’s monologue fell flat (the mayonnaise in the green room was apparently questionable). Well, one is animated to begin with.

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Hey, at Least Joe Buck Was Funny
A lot of people (including the woman next to me, who was rather vocal about it) hate Fox Sports announcer Joe Buck. This reporter doesn’t get it — the dude is prepared, talented and funny.

The 49-year-old new father lacks one thing, though — a cell phone. Buck didn’t get his iPhone X back from the audience after passing it around for attendees to see pictures of his twins.

There’s an Apple Store on 59th and 5th, Joe.

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Bald Eagle
“NFL on Fox” personality Terry Bradshaw apparently bought a bronze eagle somewhere in New York City today, and he wouldn’t shut up about it during Fox Sports’ stage time. Apparently, he’s gonna put the winged acquisition in his Florida home’s foyer.

There was plenty more to that story, though none of it made sense or mattered. It was all pretty standard Bradshaw stuff.

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Diddy’s New to This Whole Thing
Monday afternoon marked Diddy’s first major upfront, and we think someone didn’t show up to rehearsal.

The former Puff Daddy flubbed lines, swallowed jokes, and awkwardly tried to get Walden to dance when it was time to exit stage left. Promising she’d take him up on it next year (at Fox’s or ABC’s upfront, Dana?), the businesswoman had to boot the Bad Boy offstage after he overstayed his welcome.

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And now it’s time to party in Central Park. If you’ll excuse us, we’ll be back tomorrow for ABC.

Read our recap of NBC’s Monday morning presentation here.

Jenny Maas contributed to this report.

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Fox Brass on Clayne Crawford’s ‘Lethal Weapon’ Firing: ‘This Was Not Our Choice’

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Fox execs are well aware that “Lethal Weapon” recasting shakeup has fans wondering what will happen now that Martin Riggs is out for Season 3, following actor Clayne Crawford’s incidents of bad behavior on the set of the action drama.

And while they are excited to introduce viewers to the new character his replacement, Seann William Scott, will play, Dana Walden and Gary Newman, Chairmen and CEOs, Fox Television Group say Crawford’s firing wasn’t their decision.

“This was not our choice, you know,” Walden said of the casting shakeup during a conference call with press ahead of the network’s upfront presentation in New York City Monday. “Yes, it sounds very easy going into a third season on a show that we like a lot,” she added. “But, ultimately, our partners at Warner Bros. come to us about three weeks ago to tell us that they could not deliver ‘Lethal Weapon’ as we’ve known it before, that there were some real challenges in the cast. They thought long and hard about it. I know that was not their first choice.”

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“But that ultimately these were the circumstances that they could offer us the show,” Walden continued. “And we thought about it a lot and we talked about a lot of different names. And ultimately, when they came back with Seann, and a fantastic showrunner, and a big TV star in Damon [Wayans], and a great cast, and a storytelling engine that works, and a fanbase that is very passionate about the show, I think we ultimately made the right choice and we are prepared to support it from a marketing point of view to educate viewers and fans of the show about a new dynamic, but a good one. And a lot of a show that people love, which is still intact.”

Michael Thorn, president of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company, announced “Lethal Weapon”s renewal Sunday, along with the reveal that Scott will be joining the cast next season as a new character who folds into a partnership with Roger Murtaugh (Damon Wayans).

A spokesperson for Warner Bros. Television added that the studio had decided not to renew Crawford’s contract following incidents of “bad behavior” on the Fox action drama’s set, for which he apologized. The announcement of Crawford’s ousting comes less than a week after news broke the studio was exploring recasting his part.

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“You know, look, to some degree we are certainly going to want our audience to know there is a new character in the show,” Newman said during the call, of how they plan to promote Scott ahead of Season 3. “You know, 90 percent of that cast is coming back. And we have tremendous strength in that case. The Murtaugh family, I think, is a real focal point for the show and is one of the appeals of ‘Lethal Weapon.’”

“So we will certainly be making sure that we let the audience know there is something new and we hearten that a little bit to other shows that have had unanticipated casting changes,” Newman said, pointing to the casting shakeup “NYPD Blue” saw in Season 2.

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Lee Daniels Signs New Multi-Year Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

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Lee Daniels is staying put at Fox.

The executive producer and co-creator of Fox’s “Empire” and “Star” has signed a new multi-year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, the studio announced Thursday.

“Lee is not just an extraordinary writer and director, he’s a talent magnet who’s full of creative energy,” Fox Television Group Chairmen and CEO Dana Walden and Gary Newman said. “He’s also one of the most entertaining and authentic voices we’ve ever encountered. From ‘Empire’ to ‘Star,’ when you work with Lee on a project, you know you’re going to be spellbound not just by the idea, but also by how it’s filtered through his unique lens. He’s a creator with many more stories to tell and we’re grateful he’ll be telling them with us.”

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Daniels signed his first overall deal with Fox in June 2015, following the Season 1 run of his ratings powerhouse “Empire.” His next series with the studio, “Star,” premiered in December 2016.

“I’ve loved the creative freedom Fox has afforded me over the last several years and proud of the work that we’ve collectively achieved as a result of it,” Daniels added. “I’m excited to continue my time at the studio and produce television that isn’t only personal to my own stories, but also find undiscovered, diverse, new voices to bring to the small screen.”

Daniels’ new deal with Fox adds to him to a growing list of showrunners who have signed (or re-signed) with the studio recently, including Vali Chandrasekaran, Abraham Higginbotham, Sanaa Hamri, Tim Minear, Kurt Sutter, Rich Appel and Danielle Sanchez-Witzel.

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Aside from his work on the small screen, Daniels’ feature credits include “Precious” and “The Butler.” He is repped by CAA and attorney Jeanne Newman.

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