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Bruckheimer names Littman sr. veep, TV

Bruckheimer Films, looking to increase its presence in television, has tapped veteran Fox programming exec Jonathan Littman to oversee the company’s TV programming efforts as senior vice president.

Bruckheimer Films, headed by producer Jerry Bruckheimer, currently produces the ABC series “Dangerous Minds” through its first-look deal with Walt Disney Television and is also launching a firstrun syndication action hour titled “Soldiers of Fortune Inc.” with Rysher Entertainment for this fall.

The company, Bruckheimer said, wants to expand its TV production activity and needed an exec to supervise those efforts.

“You need someone watching the ball all the time,” Bruckheimer said, adding that Littman’s network experience, especially with regard to one-hour dramas, will be valuable.

Littman, currently VP of drama development at Fox Broadcasting, is expected to join Bruckheimer by May. Littman has been with Fox since 1991 and during that time has supervised several of the web’s drama efforts, including the hits “Melrose Place” and “The X-Files.” He joined Fox as a director of current programming and subsequently became veep of current programming before taking on his current role last August. Prior to that, he was at NBC as a manager of daytime programming.

While “Dangerous Minds” garnered some favorable reviews and is a favorite of several execs at the web, its ratings performance has not been solid. Whether the show returns next season remains a question mark.

Since Bruckheimer spends much of his time in features, the addition of Littman will allow the company to be more involved with its TV efforts at the network and studio level.

Bruckheimer did not rule out developing more of his theatrical efforts into TV shows, or luring talent he has worked with in film to the small screen. “We will explore every area in terms of developing projects,” Bruckheimer said.

Meanwhile, back at Fox, additional changes in the programming ranks may be in the works as Fox TV president David Hill and Entertainment Group head Peter Roth continue to retool the web.

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