Named exec veep, comedy development

Twentieth Century Fox Television has elevated Jonathan Davis to exec VP of comedy development.

Promotion makes him the highest-ranking creative exec under 20th TV chairs Dana Walden and Gary Newman, who praised Davis for being a creative force behind some of the recent half-hours from the studio, including “Modern Family,” “Raising Hope” and “Last Man Standing.”

“You need only look at the projects Jonathan has nurtured from pitch to pilot to series order to understand what a gifted executive he is,” said Newman. “He has a spectacular eye for the next big idea or undiscovered writer, and he is incredibly strategic in his approach to development.

“Jonathan has made incredible contributions to the success of our studio,” said Walden. “He loves working with creators and is a true champion for the projects he believes in.”

Davis will partly fill a vacuum left by Jennifer Salke, who left the studio earlier this month to join NBC. But while Salke oversaw both comedy and drama development at 20th TV, drama will remain under Michael Thorn, senior VP drama development, who reports to Walden and Newman.

Davis has been with 20th TV since 2008, after spending six years at Fox Broadcasting Co., where he developed comedies as well as alternative and latenight programming.

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