Dan Kupetz, CBS Television Studios’ head of business affairs since 2004, is joining 20th Century Fox Television as executive vice president of business affairs and operations beginning in March.
20th Century Fox SVPs Dana Sharpless and Steve Sicherman have been named co-heads of the studio’s Current Programming department. They will succeed Carolyn Cassidy who was promoted to president of creative affairs in July.
Chloe Dan is stepping down as SVP of drama development at 20th Century Fox TV, a position she’s held for the past two years. She joined the studio in 2014. Dan, a respected executive who joined 20th TV in 2014, is said to be leaving on good terms.
Former NBC chief and Handmaid’s Tale executive producer Warren Littlefield has signed an exclusive pod deal with Fox 21 Television Studios and 20th Century Fox TV. Littlefield will base his eponymous company at the studios and develop projects for broadcast, cable and streaming platforms under the deal.
Carolyn Cassidy is being promoted at 20th Century Fox TV, rising to executive vice president of current programming after nine years with the studio. The move comes amid the studio’s merger with Disney.
Mariel Brooke, Chetan Dave and Jenna Dim have all earned promotions at the studio.
Studio 20th Century Fox Television said that it found “no evidence of any wrongdoing” on the part of Fred Savage in a completed investigation into claims that the actor verbally harassed female crew members on the set of comedy series The Grinder.
Bruce Margolis, a longtime 20th Century Fox Television production executive and television producer, died Feb. 16 after a battle with cancer. He was 64.
ABC and studio 20th Century Fox TV are said to be fighting over the top-rated series’ costs.
Two high-level development executives at 20th Century Fox TV, Lisa Katz, SVP of drama development, and Dana Honor, SVP comedy development, will be leaving the studio at the end of their current contracts in July. Both opted not to sign new contracts.
Bones stars Emily Deschanel and David Boreanaz, and author Kathy Reichs, have filed suit against Fox, claiming that the studio has cheated them out of tens of millions in profits from the series via self-dealing and misallocation.
The long-time Twentieth Century Fox Television PR chief has been upped to EVP of corporate communications and publicity. The promotion comes as the Fox Television Group, which encompasses the prolific studio, has seen dramatic changes in recent months, with chairman Dana Walden and Gary Newman adding the Fox broadcast network to their purview earlier this summer.
In a restructuring of its team, Davis assumes a newly created role with oversight of four of the studio’s creative departments, while Thorn adds comedy development to his purview.