Walden has dramatic rise at Fox TV

Dana Walden has been upped to senior vice president of drama at 20th Century Fox TV on the heels of the studio’s best drama development season in recent years.

Walden, previously VP of drama, oversees the studio’s entire drama department, including development and current programming. She continues to report to Sandy Grushow, president of 20th Century Fox TV.

During Walden’s tenure as 20th’s top drama exec, the studio has become the No. 1 supplier of network primetime dramas, with nine on this fall. For the first time in recent years, 20th is also the studio with the most total hours of primetime programming on this fall’s schedule: 10-1/2. That’s a five-hour increase from 1996 (Daily Variety, May 28).

Among series that Walden supervises are: “The X-Files,” “Millennium” and the upcoming “Ally McBeal,” “413 Hope Street” and “The Visitor” on Fox; “The Practice” and the upcoming “Nothing Sacred” on ABC; “Chicago Hope” on CBS and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” on the WB.

Walden also manages the development of writer-producers with overall deals under the 20th banner, including: David E. Kelley, Chris Carter, Glen Morgan & James Wong, David Burke, Carlton Cuse, Howard Gordan, David Greenwalt, Vince Gilligan, Arnold Kopelson, Clive Barker and Earvin (Magic) Johnson.

Before joining the studio’s creative department in 1994 as VP of current programming, Walden served as senior VP of media and corporate relations for Twentieth TV and 20th Century Fox TV. Walden also previously worked as VP of marketing for Arsenio Hall Communications and VP of the consumer TV division at Bender, Goldman & Helper.

While Walden reports to Grushow, she also works closely with the studio’s No. 2 TV exec, executive VP Gary Newman.