You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Benedik said to be exiting Fox

Melinda Benedek will leave her job as exec veepee of business affairs for 20th Century Fox, sources said Monday.

Her exit comes in the wake of prexy Bill Mechanic’s decision in January to hire Greg Gelfan from Paramount as Fox’s head of business and legal affairs, a move seen as diminishing Benedek’s role at the company, according to the sources.

A studio spokesman on Monday would not confirm her departure, saying Benedek was still working at Fox and that the company would not comment on rumors.

Yet several high-placed sources said that Benedek’s decision to leave had been in the works for two to three weeks. It is not known where she would be going. Benedek did not return calls.

Prior to joining Fox, Benedek had been an exec veepee at Imagine Films, a post she held for four years. Before that, she was a partner in the law firm Pollock, Bloom & Dekom, which she joined in 1984.

She also ran her own cable TV and homevid packaging and distribution company, High Wire Ltd., from 1981-84.

When she joined Fox, Benedek was brought in to supervise Fox’s business affairs, including the negotiation of talent and production agreements.

More Film

  • Canal Plus

    Canal Plus, Telecom Italia Launch Joint Venture

    Melinda Benedek will leave her job as exec veepee of business affairs for 20th Century Fox, sources said Monday. Her exit comes in the wake of prexy Bill Mechanic’s decision in January to hire Greg Gelfan from Paramount as Fox’s head of business and legal affairs, a move seen as diminishing Benedek’s role at the […]

  • The Breadwinner Tehran Taboo Animation Is

    Animation Is Film Festival Readies Its L.A. Debut

    Melinda Benedek will leave her job as exec veepee of business affairs for 20th Century Fox, sources said Monday. Her exit comes in the wake of prexy Bill Mechanic’s decision in January to hire Greg Gelfan from Paramount as Fox’s head of business and legal affairs, a move seen as diminishing Benedek’s role at the […]

  • Geostorm

    Film Review: 'Geostorm'

    Melinda Benedek will leave her job as exec veepee of business affairs for 20th Century Fox, sources said Monday. Her exit comes in the wake of prexy Bill Mechanic’s decision in January to hire Greg Gelfan from Paramount as Fox’s head of business and legal affairs, a move seen as diminishing Benedek’s role at the […]

  • Naomi Watts

    Naomi Watts to Star in Psychological Thriller 'The Wolf Hour'

    Melinda Benedek will leave her job as exec veepee of business affairs for 20th Century Fox, sources said Monday. Her exit comes in the wake of prexy Bill Mechanic’s decision in January to hire Greg Gelfan from Paramount as Fox’s head of business and legal affairs, a move seen as diminishing Benedek’s role at the […]

  • Boo 2! A Madea Halloween

    Box Office: 'Boo 2! A Madea Halloween' Draws $760,000 on Thursday Night

    Melinda Benedek will leave her job as exec veepee of business affairs for 20th Century Fox, sources said Monday. Her exit comes in the wake of prexy Bill Mechanic’s decision in January to hire Greg Gelfan from Paramount as Fox’s head of business and legal affairs, a move seen as diminishing Benedek’s role at the […]

  • ‘Loving Vincent’ Breaks Out in Italy

    ‘Loving Vincent’ Breaks Out in Italy

    Melinda Benedek will leave her job as exec veepee of business affairs for 20th Century Fox, sources said Monday. Her exit comes in the wake of prexy Bill Mechanic’s decision in January to hire Greg Gelfan from Paramount as Fox’s head of business and legal affairs, a move seen as diminishing Benedek’s role at the […]

  • Harry Shearer This is Spinal Tap

    'Spinal Tap' Actors File Amended Complaint, Seek Ability to Reclaim Copyrights

    Melinda Benedek will leave her job as exec veepee of business affairs for 20th Century Fox, sources said Monday. Her exit comes in the wake of prexy Bill Mechanic’s decision in January to hire Greg Gelfan from Paramount as Fox’s head of business and legal affairs, a move seen as diminishing Benedek’s role at the […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content