He'll head new prod'n unit

Fox Family Worldwide has tapped Saban Entertainment vet Lance H. Robbins to head a new production unit designed to supply series and telefilms for channels both inside and outside the Fox Family universe.

Robbins, formerly prexy of movies and TV for Saban, will serve as prexy of the newly minted Fox Family TV Studios. Fox Family Worldwide is a 50-50 joint venture of News Corp. and Saban. Robbins will continue to report to Fox Family chairman and CEO Haim Saban.

Fox Family TV Studios will develop a wide range of programming, in addition to supplying kidvid and family-friendly fare for the Fox Family cabler and the Fox Kids Network. The unit will seek out international co-production partners on much of its slate.

“Lance has proven his expertise in producing high-quality, cost-efficient motion pictures and series for our own distribution channels,” Saban said in unveiling the division.

“Since his team is equipped to produce many more titles than our own networks can use in one season, we established this unit to build our movie and series business to capitalize on the proliferation of networks worldwide,” he said.

Robbins’ feature and TV credits over the past decade include the recent Fox Family biopic “Michael Jordan: An American Hero,” “The Menendez Brothers Killing,” “Addams Family Reunion,” “Casper: A Spirited Beginning” and “Richie Rich Saves Christmas.”

Robbins joined Saban as a veepee in 1990.

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