FOX Restructures Programming Team
Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly and Chief Operating Officer Joe Earley announced a restructuring and expansion of the network’s Programming team designed to foster the company’s expanding programming efforts. Beginning immediately, the following leadership changes are in effect:
James Oh has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Current Programming. In this role, he will oversee production and creative coverage of all of FOX’s new and returning scripted series, including The Following, Bones, New Girl, Raising Hope, The Mindy Project, Glee, Touch, Family Guy, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, The Cleveland Show, American Dad and Murder Police. Mr. Oh will report to Mr. Earley and will assume the day-to-day management of the network’s entire Current Programming team.
Shana C. Waterman has been named Senior Vice President, Event Series & Multi-Platform Programming, a newly-created department within FOX dedicated to managing the network’s limited-run and digital programming initiatives. Ms. Waterman will commission and develop long-form event series for FOX, working closely with FX Productions, and separately will oversee the content in the network’s new multi-platform programming, including Animation Domination High-Def (ADHD), THE SHORT-COM COMEDY HOUR (working title), WIGS and other digital-to-broadcast efforts. She will report to Mr. Reilly.
In addition, FOX has hired Kiliaen Van Rensselaer as Senior Vice President, Multi-Platform Programming. Previously Senior Vice President, Digital Media at News Corporation, Mr. Van Rensselaer will serve as the senior operational executive dedicated to FOX’s multi-platform programming and will work closely with Mr. Earley and Ms. Waterman to manage and grow that business.
“These appointments are an investment in some of our top people to strengthen our core programming business and take strategic steps forward with alternative platforms to incubate talent and ideas,” said Mr. Reilly. “With James – our 'go-to' Current exec for many years – heading up our Current team, Shana – a creative self-starter who has driven some of FOX’s most exciting initiatives – now heading up our Event Series and Multi-Platform efforts and Kiliaen – a key player from News Corp. Digital who has a deep background in digital strategy – now driving our new platforms business, we have the leaders and structure in place to run the most forward-thinking programming team in the industry.”
Mr. Oh was previously Vice President, Current Programming at FOX, supervising new and returning series such as The Following, Bones, The Simpsons, 24, and King of the Hill. Prior to that, he held leadership roles within the network’s program and audience research departments, where he provided strategic analyses evaluating overall network, program and schedule strengths. Before joining FOX in April 1998, Mr. Oh held production and market research roles at Vibe TV and The Martec Group. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.