Joe Davola has ankled his position as senior VP, creative development, at Fox Broadcasting Co. to return to MTV as senior VP both of development and at MTV Prods.
Davola will be replaced at Fox by Stuart Smiley, who was most recently head of Fox Square Prods., an in-house production arm for Fox Broadcasting.
The creative development area oversees the development of variety, reality and nontraditional programming, including such shows as “In Living Color,””Code 3” and the upcoming variety show “Townsend Television.” Smiley, who was a Fox development exec in New York and then Los Angeles, will also coordinate new programming forms as summer series.
Eve Szurley — who was VP of development under Davola at Fox — is expected to join MTV as well, despite leaving Fox only a few weeks ago to take a similar position at Cosgrove/Meurer Prods. (Daily Variety, June 4). Davola will be based in New York, while Szurley, a six-year Fox veteran, would be situated on the West Coast.
MTV had no comment regarding Szurley, but Cosgrove/Meurer confirmed that she had terminated her stint there.
In his newly created position at MTV, Davola will oversee development for the networks and syndication as well as movies for theatrical release, reporting to MTV Prods. prez Doug Herzog. He’ll also supervise development for the MTV network, where he worked from 1981 (ultimately as exec in charge of production) before joining Fox five years ago.
Smiley joined Fox as VP, development, East Coast, in 1990, moving to Los Angeles in a similar capacity last year before being named to head Fox Square. Prior to Fox he served as senior VP of original programming at the Comedy Channel and VP of comedy, East Coast, at HBO. Davola has also achieved a small measure of public notoriety (MTV referred to him as a “cultural icon”) as the namesake of a recurring character on “Seinfeld,” derived from his acquaintance with the show’s exec producer, Larry David.