The announcement that 20th Century Fox Television heads Dana Walden and Gary Newman would take the reins of Fox Broadcasting brought ringing — and witty — endorsements from showrunners in their stable.
“I’ve worked with them both for a while, and they really know what they’re doing,” said “The Simpsons” executive producer Al Jean, who pointed to their long string of successes with comedies like “How I Met Your Mother.” “I think of the 23 network presidents ‘The Simpsons’ have had, they’ll be the best.”
That sentiment was echoed by “Sons of Anarchy” showrunner Kurt Sutter. “Dana and Gary have run 20th with a rare mix of business acumen and a deep appreciation of artists,” he said. “I have no doubt that approach will bring the same level of success to the network.”
“Modern Family’s” Steve Levitan also weighed in with praise. “Dana and Gary are as smart and nice as they come in this business, so I’m thrilled for them both. FBC is lucky to have them leading the charge to find a big hit show for Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Wait… uh-oh. I’m just hoping they’ll soon take over Fox News.”
“I’ve been working for Gary and Dana for 15 years,” said “Bones” creator Hart Hanson, “That’s when they offered me an overall deal and I’ve been on that deal ever since. At any one time, either one of them can be my favorite while I’m fighting with the other but most of the time I love both of them to bits. I’ve found them to be intelligent, fair, insightful, decent, warm, and committed. Also, they smell great. They don’t smell the same but they both smell great.”