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Phung Takes Over FOX TV Comedy Development

Fox Broadcasting Co. development exec Quan Phung is the studios new head of comedy, assuming the post recently vacated by Brad Johnson, who created his own production banner with the studio under an exclusive deal.

Our comedies have always been a source of great pride, as well as great stability for Twentieth, and its no secret that every studio in town is searching aggressively for that next comedy hit, said Twentieth Century Fox Television co-president Gary Newman. We are thrilled to be getting Quan for this crucial position, and we have tremendous faith in his ability to lead our company toward even greater success in both scripted and unscripted comedy.

Quan is a bright, gifted executive whos managed to do great things at FBC, both on the comedy and the drama sides, added Twentieth Century Fox Television co-president Dana Walden. He brings the benefit of his experience there as well as established relationships both with the creative community and those within our own companies. Best of all, writers are crazy about him, and we know hes going to attract amazing talent to this studio.

Phung will oversee all activities of the studios comedy development department. Reporting to him are directors Lynn Barrie, Amy Hartwick, Nicholas Weinstock and manager Brad Bertner.

Phung was vp, Drama Development for the Fox Broadcasting, helping to develop the just launched NORTH SHORE as well as the series HOUSE, JONNY ZERO and THE INSIDE. Prior to drama, he was vp, Comedy Development, where he worked Arrested Development, Bernie Mac, Andy Richter Controls the Universe and Grounded For Life.

Prior to joining FOX in 1999, he was director, Saturday Morning and Primetime Series at NBC, primarily responsible for the development, production, promotion, marketing and scheduling of NBCs Saturday MORNING TEEN-ORIENTED COMEDIES INCLUDING CITY GUYS, HANG TIME AND SAVED BY THE BELL: THE NEW CLASS. Phung began his entertainment career at NBC in September 1995 as a programming assistant.

Before segueing into entertainment television, Phung worked for ABC News in Los Angeles, where he was part of the production unit responsible for covering the O.J. Simpson trial. Prior to that, he was a civil rights analyst for the U.S. Justice Department in Washington, D.C., where he worked with lawyers to enforce the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Phung serves on the board of directors for Visual Communications, a community-based organization that organizes the Los Angeles Asian American Film Festival, the Lodestone Theatre Ensemble and the San Diego Asian Film Festival.