Dana Walden
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United States

Fox Television Group


Co-Chairman / CEO

Over the years, Dana Walden and her longtime professional partner, Gary Newman, have made Twentieth Century Fox Television a haven for the creative minds behind hits like “American Horror Story,” “Modern Family,” “Homeland” and “Sons of Anarchy.” When TCFTV and and Fox Broadcasting Company united as Fox Television Group in 2014, they took on joint oversight of the studio and the network, which has helped both entities.

Walden has re-energized a network seeking to get back on solid ground after years of dependence on “American Idol.” While always seeking exciting new shows, she’s not afraid to dip into the vault and reboot classic Fox series like “The X-Files,” “24” (without Kiefer Sutherland), and “Prison Break.” Thanks in part to her knack for maintaining great relationships with writers and producers, she continues to yield great work from the creatives who are delivering Fox’s biggest hits, such as her ability to get Lee Daniels to follow up on his hit series “Empire” with a new series, “Star.” She also has a close relationship with Ryan Murphy, whose series “Feud,” “American Crime Story” and “American Horror Story” have ignited fans and critics alike. She also shepherded the hit series “This Is Us,” selling it to NBC.




  • University of Southern California (CA, USA)

Variety Honors

  • Showman of the Year
  • Women's Impact

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Fox Chief Dana Walden on 'American Idol' Reboot, 'The X-Files,' 'Wayward Pines'

Fox Chief Dana Walden on 'American Idol' Reboot, 'The X-Files,' 'Wayward Pines'

Fox on Tuesday revealed plans for its first post-"American Idol" singing competition. But the show that defined the network for 15 seasons still looms large.Asked Tuesday at the Television Critics Association press tour whether Fox, which canceled "Idol" two years ago, or ABC, which is paying a hefty sum to bring the show back, had made a serious mistake, Fox Television Group co-CEO Dana Walden responded, "ABC" — then added, "I'm joking."Walden unpacked Fox's decision-making process around "Idol" — both...


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