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Fox’s tube trio firms up with Berman

Shulman, Ross will be at Fox until '08

Fox Entertainment prexy Gail Berman is locking in two key members of her exec team, inking new long-term deals with casting chief Marcia Shulman and current programming topper Marcy Ross.

Shulman and Ross have both signed three-year deals that will keep them at Fox until 2008. Both continue in their current posts, with Shulman reporting to Berman and Ross reporting to Craig Erwich, exec VP of programming for the net.

Fox VP of entertainment publicity Michelle Hooper also has inked a new multiyear deal with Fox. She’ll continue to report to Joe Earley, exec VP of publicity and corporate communications for the net.

Berman said all three execs have been key to Fox’s recent rise to No. 1 in the key adults 18-49 demo.

“A lot of this season’s success is attributed to these three people,” she told Daily Variety.

“When you bring a fourth-season show back, like ’24’, and it’s as good as if not better than it was in its first season, you have to (credit) your current executive,” Berman said. “And when your head of casting says, ‘Hey, it should be Hugh Laurie who stars in ‘House,’ and you say, ‘The father from ‘Stuart Little?’, you know you’ve got a pretty good team.”

Erwich inked a new multiyear deal and was promoted to exec VP last year; corporate communications VP Scott Grogin also is under a long-term deal at the net.

As senior VP of current, Ross is charged with overseeing production on all established Fox series now in production. She came to Fox from the now-defunct Studios USA, where she was senior VP of comedy, and previously worked with Berman as VP of Sandollar Television.

Shulman has been exec VP of casting for Fox since May 2001. She previously spent three years at 20th Century Fox TV in a similar gig and a decade working as a Gotham-based casting director, finding talent for breakout skeins such as “Buffy, the Vampire Slayer,” “Felicity” and “Dawson’s Creek.”

Hooper came to Fox from CBS Entertainment in Gotham, where she worked on numerous publicity campaigns for the net. In 2001, she was part of the Eye team that shared the Publicists’ Guild showmanship award for the launch of “Survivor.”

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