Drama development chief Michael Thorn has been upped to exec VP of development, adding oversight of comedy to his purview.
“Our creative departments have never been more prolific or successful, and the time was right to recognize these two exceptional executives and make structural changes that take full advantage of their considerable talents,” said 20th TV chairs Dana Walden and Gary Newman.
Davis has been with the studio since early 2008, signing on as comedy development chief after working in the same role for the Fox network. The creative affairs prexy post is a new one for the studio; Jennifer Salke held a similar role at the studio (as exec VP of development) before she moved over to the entertainment prez role at NBC in 2011.
At 20th TV, Davis has a driving force behind the studio’s strength with half-hours incuding ABC’s “Modern Family,” Fox’s “New Girl” and “Raising Hope” and CBS’ “The Crazy Ones.” Most recently, Davis served as exec VP of comedy and animation.
Newman and Walden praised Davis as being “both entrepreneurial and collaborative” and for being “incredibly successful at both anticipating and seizing opportunities the moment they present themselves.”
Thorn joined 20th four years ago as senior VP of drama. Projects he’s nurtured for the studio include this season’s frosh Fox hit “Sleepy Hollow” and three midseason entries: Fox’s “Gang Related,” NBC’s “Crisis” and ABC’s “Mind Games.”
Thorn is “enormously respected” in the creative community, the 20th TV toppers said. “Writers love him and he’s managed to attract top-level talent and land distinctive projects year after year at every network.”
Before coming to 20th, Thorn worked as a development exec at NBC and USA Network, and he served a stint with Marty Adelstein’s Lost Marbles Television.
(Pictured: Jonathan Davis, Michael Thorn)