Makkos, Wiley to join development team
Fox is reorganizing its comedy department, promoting Suzanna Makkos and tapping William Morris agent Marcus Wiley to join the team.Makkos has been named VP of comedy development, a job previously held by Jonathan Davis — who recently jumped to sister studio 20th Century Fox TV to head up laffers. Wiley also has been named VP of comedy development. Rounding out the department is David Sleven, who has been upped to manager of comedy development. All three execs report to comedy department topper Susan Levison. Levison called Makkos “one of the bright lights” at Fox. “In her seven years at Fox, she has helped shepherd some of our most successful shows,” Levison said. “Writers and producers love working with her.” Makkos joined Fox’s comedy development department in 2001; before that, she worked at Touchstone TV and Regency TV. At Fox, she was most recently director of the division.Wiley, meanwhile, rejoins a net at which he first worked in 2000, as an assistant in programming and development. “He brings a tremendous level of knowledge and enthusiasm to everything he does,” said Levison, calling Wiley a “huge asset to the department.” As a television packaging and literary agent, Wiley repped clients such as Jim Vallely, Victor Nelli, Marc Willmore and Melinda Hsu. “We love Marcus here, and we’re looking forward to having a good friend in that job,” said Aaron Kaplan, William Morris’ worldwide head of scripted TV and packaging. “Marcus came out of production. It’s where his roots are, and he’s so strong creatively. With what he’s learned and accomplished as an agent, coupled what his creative skill sets, he’ll be one of the go-to guys out there.” Before William Morris, Wiley also spent time as a creative exec for Regency TV. Sleven first joined Fox as a comedy department coordinator in 2006. “David is a rising star,” Levison said. “He’s demonstrated the tremendous analytical skills and the tenacity to take a project from page to stage.”
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