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USA’s Ross to Fox sr. VP

Exec to o'see prod'n of on-air comedies and dramas

Studios USA comedy topper Marcy Ross has been tapped to head up current programming for Fox Broadcasting.

Ross will serve as senior VP of current programming for the net, overseeing production of all Fox comedies and dramas once they’re on the air or greenlit for broadcast. She reports to Fox exec VP of programming David Nevins. Her hiring was announced by Fox Entertainment prexy Gail Berman.

Move had been expected in the wake of former current-programming topper Lance Taylor’s decision to ankle the net (Daily Variety, April 5).

Berman and Ross have known each other since Berman was a Broadway producer. They later teamed up when Berman headed Sandollar Television.

“Marcy is a gifted programming executive with a proven background in developing and producing successful series,” Berman said. “She has wonderful relationships within the creative community, and we are very fortunate to have her join the Fox team.”

Ross had been at Studios USA since 1999, working on comedy development. Two of Fox’s 2002-03 comedy contenders — “The Grubbs” and an untitled Eric Gilliand project — were developed by Ross.

Before Studios USA, Ross had been at the Jim Henson Co.