You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Fox B’casting taps two in series TV

Sr. VPs of drama, comedy development named

Fox Broadcasting has locked in a revamped series development team, tapping Peter Johnson and Jeremy Gold to head up the hunt for new dramas and comedies.

Johnson, a Fox vet of 13 years, has been upped to senior VP of drama development, while Gold moves over from sister studio 20th Century Fox TV to take over as senior veepee of comedy development.

Both will report to Craig Erwich, the former drama chief upped to exec VP of programming last month. Moves come in the wake of Erwich’s promotion and the departure of Fox comedy chief Tracy Katsky at the end of June.

Erwich said he viewed Johnson and Gold as “partners” in the development process, and that his familiarity with both men should ensure a seamless transition as all three settle into their new gigs.

Indeed, while Fox’s development team has been completely overhauled, the changes actually aren’t that dramatic, Fox Entertainment prexy Gail Berman said.

“You have to look at what we’re doing. We’re promoting from within (the Fox Entertainment Group) people who have learned and grown in the type of programming philosophy we’re trying to promote. These people understand our message of the need to be bold.”

Berman said it’s rare that a net is able “to look internally, and it says so much about where this company is right now.”

Broad perspective

Exec said last month’s restructuring, including Erwich’s promotion, will allow her to “think a little more globally, to have a little more perspective” while still maintaining her imprint on development.

Johnson has been at Fox for virtually all of his creative career, joining in 1991 as a junior research analyst. He moved over to drama development in 1997 and was upped to VP of the department in 2000, helping develop the Fox hit “24” and upcoming serial “The OC.”

“Peter’s essentially been my partner in every decision over the last eight years,” Erwich said. “He’s grown up with the Fox brand and understands it as well as anyone else here does. He’s basically been doing the job, and now it’s his turn (to run drama).”

Gold has been VP of comedy at 20th Century Fox since 2000, helping develop laffers such as “Bernie Mac,” “Still Standing” and the upcoming “Arrested Development.” He had previously worked as veep of development for producer Robert Morton’s Panamort Television and as Gotham-based director of primetime casting for ABC.

“Jeremy’s stationery will change, but it doesn’t feel like we’re bringing in someone from the outside,” Erwich said. “We’ve always been impressed with him. He really has a tireless creative energy.”

Dana Walden, prexy of 20th Century Fox TV, said she was “very excited” to see Gold moving on to a new gig.

“It makes me feel great when people in our organization can be recognized and promoted within the News Corp. family,” she said. “It shows the system works.”

More TV

  • SAG Rally

    SAG-AFTRA Rally Against Ad Agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty Draws Nearly 1,000

    SAG-AFTRA is keeping up the pressure on the advertising agency Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH), holding a spirited mid-day rally at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. Reps for the union said the noon event on Wednesday drew sign-ups from nearly 1,000 members and supporters at national headquarters on Wilshire Boulevard, followed by a two-block [...]

  • 'The Other Two' Bosses on Justin

    'The Other Two' Bosses on Justin Bieber as Inspiration for New Comedy Central Show

    After Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider’s tenure at “Saturday Night Live,” where they became the show’s youngest co-head writers and wrote music videos like the instant hit “(Do It On My) Twin Bed,” the two headed to Comedy Central to do more “big dumb broad stuff and make fun of pop culture,” says Kelly. Their [...]

  • Alec Baldwin

    Alec Baldwin Pleads Guilty to Harassment in Parking Spot Fight

    Alec Baldwin pleaded guilty to a harassment charge stemming from an altercation over a parking spot, Variety confirmed with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Deputy Press Secretary. The “Saturday Night Live” star was sentenced to a conditional discharge on Wednesday and will take a short-term anger management class. Baldwin was charged with attempted assault in the [...]

  • JoAnna Garcia Swisher Variety Facetime

    JoAnna Garcia Swisher Joins ABC Comedy Pilot 'Happy Accident'

    JoAnna Garcia Swisher has signed on for a leading role in the ABC single-camera comedy pilot “Happy Accident,” Variety has learned. She joins previously announced cast member Matt Walsh. The show follows two Pittsburgh families – father Bud (Walsh) with three adult daughters, and a hotel lounge singer with her med student son – are forced [...]

  • Avi Saxena - Discovery

    Discovery Hires Amazon's Avi Saxena as CTO of Direct-to-Consumer Unit, Will Open Seattle Office

    Discovery hired Avi Saxena, former VP of technology for Amazon Marketplace, as chief technology officer of direct-to-consumer. Saxena reports to the guy who was his boss at Amazon: Peter Faricy, who was appointed CEO of Discovery’s Global Direct-to-Consumer division in August 2018 and who headed up the Amazon Marketplace third-party seller business. In the newly created [...]

  • Sean Hannity Reveals Broadband Plans for

    Sean Hannity Reveals His Plans for Fox News Streaming Service (EXCLUSIVE)

    Sean Hannity sometimes tells younger colleagues at Fox News Channel that he is “the bridge between two generations of Fox” because he has been part of its primetime lineup since 1996. Now he may serve a similar purpose for a third. Fox News will next week bring Hannity to the world of video-streaming, launching “Hannity [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content