The streaming service is also offering live news from NewsNOW from Fox, Fox Soul, Bloomberg TV, NBC News Now, and PeopleTV and will add more premium content including Euronews, USA Today News, and three of the largest local station groups in the country, including Hearst Television, with two others coming soon.
Fox Corp.’s broadcast network Fox Entertainment will no longer be hosting program development presentations at the NAB Show (April 18-22) in a precautionary effort to keep employees, client and agency partners safe from the coronavirus. Deadline’s Nellie Andreeva says the company also canceled an affiliate board dinner that was to take place during the show.
Julia Franz will become SVP comedy at the network, filling a post that has been open for several months. Daniel Weidenfeld will take on the role of SVP animation. Both will report to Fox Entertainment President Michael Thorn.
On the heels of acquiring Bento Box Entertainment, Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier is bullish on Fox’s new ability to operate as an independent among growing entertainment monoliths such as Disney, WarnerMedia and Comcast NBCUniversal. “We are remaking our business as an independent, which as you know is a rare commodity these days,”
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Former Sony Pictures Television President of Ad Sales Amy Carney has been appointed chief operating officer at Fox Entertainment. Based in L.A., Carney will report directly to Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier. She will be charged with overseeing research, strategy and operations for the newly independent broadcast network.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Fox Entertainment has agreed to buy Bento Box Entertainment, a prolific producer of animated content including several shows for Fox Corp.’s broadcast network. Bento Box is the animation house behind Fox’s long-running Sunday night show Bob’s Burgers. The deal will fortify Fox’s pipeline for animation, which has been a staple of its primetime lineup for decades. Journal subscribers can read the full story here.
The new Fox Entertainment is beginning to take shape. The Charlie Collier-run network has handed out its first series orders since becoming an independent broadcaster after seeing its sibling TV studio move to Disney as part of the $71.3 billion asset sale.