Toppers of 20th TV set for Q&A at ATAS Foundation, Variety event
Gary Newman and Dana Walden, chairmen of 20th Century Fox TV, are set to deliver the keynote Q&A at the 2012 TV Summit presented by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation and Variety.The daylong gathering, which follows last year’s inaugural event, will be held March 20 at the Renaissance Hotel in Hollywood. Newman and Walden have headed 20th TV since 1999. The unit has been on a hot streak in recent years with such notable series as ABC’s “Modern Family,” Fox’s “Glee” and “New Girl,” Showtime’s “Homeland” and FX’s “American Horror Story.” “Dana and Gary are two of the most strategic thinkers in television, and have consistently proven that they are at the forefront of the critical changes in the industry,” said ATAS Foundation chairman Jerry Petry. Variety publisher Brian Gott added that the duo have “earned the reputation as some of the smartest execs in the business.” Other industry execs set to participate in the summit include HBO’s Michael Lombardo, Turner’s Michael Wright, CBS’ John Nogawski and Electus’ Chris Grant.