Hoffman back at Fox TV post

Fox Broadcasting Co. today is expected to name Gary Hoffman senior VP of made-for-TV movies and miniseries, a post he held at Fox once before from 1993 to 1995.

Hoffman is replacing Trevor Walton, who ankled his job as senior VP of longform programming on Friday to become president of the TV movie production company Citadel Entertainment.

Reporting to Fox Entertainment Group president Peter Roth, Hoffman will be responsible for development and production of all Fox original movies and miniseries, both inhouse and from outside producers. He’ll also oversee programming and administration for the Fox Tuesday Night movie, including the purchase of theatricals.

When he worked at Fox the first time, Hoffman wrote, directed and produced “Bonnie & Clyde: The True Story,” and he produced the original movie “Just One of the Girls,” among other projects. He left because of management changes at Fox in 1995.

‘Irreverent spirit’

“Love is better the second time around,” Hoffman told Daily Variety. “When I was there before, there was a real entrepreneurial and irreverent spirit, and the people there now have that kind of attitude again.”

After leaving the web, Hoffman created Gary Hoffman Prods., where he executive produced the controversial film “Bastard Out of Carolina,” which originally was slated to run on TNT but was rejected by the cabler after Ted Turner objected to the graphic subject matter.

“Bastard Out of Carolina,” which eventually was telecast on Showtime last December, on Sunday night won the Television Critics Assn. award for outstanding achievement for movies, miniseries and specials.

Hoffman also executive produced HBO’s baseball film “Soul of the Game,” which was nominated for a 1996 CableAce Award for best movie, and Fox’s “In the Name of Love: A Texas Tragedy,” starring Laura Leighton. In total, Hoffman has executive produced 24 movies and miniseries over the last decade.

Hoffman said he plans no immediate changes to the department at Fox. In the past, the web has relied more heavily on theatricals than original movies, and some industry sources have speculated that Fox plans to cut back on its inhouse movie productions. But Hoffman said made-fors will be an even more important part of the web’s mix of movies in coming seasons.

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