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Operation will launch May 1

David Ellison’s Skydance Prods. will launch of a TV division May 1 with former Fox exec Marcy Ross as president.

The announcement comes two months after Ross departed from her Fox post as exec veep of current programming.  The departure came at the end of Ross’ three-year contract extension.

During her tenure at Fox, Ross oversaw skeins including “Glee,” “House,” “Family Guy” and “The Simpsons.” Before being tapped as exec VP in 2007, Ross served as senior VP of current programming for Fox.

“During her tenure at Fox, Marcy has developed and produced some of the best shows on television that have entertained audiences around the world,” Ellison said in a statement.

Ellison, the son of Oracle founder and Chief Executive Larry Ellison, launched his career as a film producer in 2006 and started Skydance in 2010. Later that year, he raised $350 million to co-finance movies with Paramount Pictures and hired former Village Roadshow production chief Dana Goldberg to oversee development and production. Since then, Skydance has financed “Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol,”” “True Grit,” “Gi Joe: Retaliation” and the upcoming “Star Trek: Into Darkness” and “World War Z.”

“When I met David and the Skydance team, I knew I had found the creative partner I was looking for,” said Ross in a statement. “I am so impressed with the success that David, Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are achieving in the feature film side and I trust that once we open our doors wide to the television community, we will find the same success building a fun, nurturing place to create programming.”

Ross came to Fox from Studios USA, where she supervised development of “The Jim Gaffigan Show” for CBS. She worked previously for The Jim Henson Co. and Sandollar Television, where she developed “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

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