Exec named president of TV production unit
Barry Josephson has recruited former Brillstein-Grey TV co-topper Susie Fitzgerald to serve as prexy of his 20th Century Fox TV-based Josephson Entertainment Television.Fitzgerald joins Josephson’s shingle after spending the past three years overseeing TV creative for Darren Star Prods., where she shepherded ABC’s “Cashmere Mafia” and CW’s “Runaway.” Josephson is the exec producer of “Bones” — which is heading into its fourth season — and has juggled both feature and TV projects for the past few years. Josephson and Fitzgerald have been friends and business associates for years, going back to the days when she worked in programming at HBO, and he was a personal manager repping numerous thesps who did biz with the pay cabler. They also crossed paths professionally during her time at Brillstein-Grey, where she helped nurture “The Sopranos” on its long journey from script to cultural sensation. “I’ve never had a (TV) executive with this kind of experience. This will be a real partnership, something I’ve wanted for years but I’d never met the right person,” Josephson said. Fitzgerald returns to the 20th lot, where Brillstein-Grey TV was based in her last years with the company. “With Barry and 20th, I feel like there is great strength behind me,” Fitzgerald said. Josephson’s shingle has a single-camera workplace comedy percolating in the script stage at ABC. “The Weekly” is set in the office of a dishy alternative weekly publication and blog. Project is penned by Flint Wainess, with comedy vet David Litt attached as an exec producer. Since Fitzgerald came aboard earlier this month, the Josephson banner has also optioned Maria Dahvana Headley’s 2006 memoir “The Year of Yes,” about a twentysomething NYU drama student who decides to say yes to every man who asks her out for one year. Project is eyed as a half-hour comedy. Company has three projects in the hopper through 20th’s cable/alternative wing, Fox 21. Josephson noted that for producers, now is a great time to dive into the scripted cable biz, because there are more outlets seeking original series than ever before, and the cablers tend to be “very specific on what they want, and who their audience is. That’s very refreshing for a producer,” he said.