Veteran 20th Century Fox TV production and finance exec Charlie Goldstein is ankling to set up a 20th-based production shingle.
Goldstein has inked a production and development deal with the studio, which will be home to Goldstein’s CG Prods. Goldstein will be a non-writing series producer exclusive to 20th.
As exec VP of production and finance for 20th, Goldstein has been a key player in the studio’s transformation into the leading supplier of primetime programming for network television, working with producers including Steven Bochco (“L.A. Law”) and Chris Carter (“The X-Files”). He has been at 20th since 1986.
“Charlie Goldstein knows TV production like no one else,” Carter said. “He always made it a challenge, but in the end he is one of the key people who helped make ‘The X-Files’ a success.”
Goldstein said after 36 years in show business, he was ready for a change.
“For the longest time, I’ve been telling people how to produce a show,” Goldstein told Daily Variety. “I decided it’s time for me to do it on my own.”
While his deal is for television, Goldstein said, he hopes to use his Fox connections to break into feature films.
“Charlie is one of the most talented, accomplished and well-liked executives in this business,” said 20th Century Fox TV prexy Dana Walden. “He did an extraordinary job for the past 16 years as an executive.”
Gary Newman, who also is prexy of 20th, said he “couldn’t be happier” Goldstein is staying at 20th.”
“As someone who knows every element of production from both the creative and business sides, there is no one more qualified than Charlie to take the reins of a network television series,” Newman said.
Before joining 20th, Goldstein had worked in various exec roles for NBC Prods., Universal and Paramount. His replacement will be named shortly.
Goldstein’s deal was brokered by Bob Myman.