Fox Hires Beth Miyares, Conor Welch

Fox has hired programming executive Beth Miyares as Senior Vice President of Drama Development and Programming, and film executive Conor Welch as Vice President of Comedy Development and Programming, the network announced Tuesday.

The news comes days after it was announced that Fox Entertainment Chairman Kevin Reilly was exiting his post with no successor currently in place.

Miyares will report to Terence Carter, EVP of Drama Development, and will be responsible for driving development efforts and series coverage for the network’s dramas. Welch will report to Suzanna Makkos, EVP of Comedy Development, to help cultivate and manage Fox’s comedy offerings.

“As our drama offerings continue to grow in number, quality and scope, it’s vital that we have a strong core of proven senior leaders to help nurture the series and support the creators every step of the way,” said Carter of Miyares’ hire. “Beth is a gifted creative executive with years of experience shaping and growing hits, from both a network and studio perspective, which makes her the perfect fit to round out our drama leadership team.”

“Conor is an incredible creative mind and brings a wealth of comedy expertise and talent relationships to our team,” said Makkos of Welch. “With a pedigree from Funny or Die and Red Hour Films, Conor is exactly the type of executive we were looking for, and we’re so happy to welcome him to the FOX family.”

Miyares returns to Fox from CBS Television Studios, where she served as Vice President of Drama Development. Previously, she acted as Vice President of Current Programming at Fox, working on shows such as “Fringe,” “Prison Break” and “The O.C.”

Welch served as Head of Feature Film for comedy video website Funny or Die. Prior to that position, Welch was Vice President of Development and Production for Red Hour Films.

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