Fox deals exec deck

Development shuffle spells new structure

Corrections were made to this article on Aug. 1, 2003.

Fox has put the finishing touches on its summer exec shuffle, upping Samie Kim to VP of comedy development and moving drama vet Quan Phung up to drama development.

Moves come in the wake of Craig Erwich’s elevation to exec VP of programming earlier this summer and the subsequent promotion of Peter Johnson and Jeremy Gold to senior VPs of drama and comedy development, respectively.

In addition to promoting Kim and Phung, Erwich has:

  • launched a new network initiative to seek out undiscovered writing and producing talent, appointing Stefani Relles to serve as director of non-traditional development.

  • named Susan Levison director of drama development. Levison had been director of alternative programming for the net.

  • upped Jonathan Wax and Suzanna Makkos to director and manager, respectively, for current programming.

“These new assignments and promotions complete a process begun over a month ago — to structure our current and development departments to best serve our changing needs as we attempt to improve upon our recent successes,” Erwich said. “Additionally, Samie’s, Jonathan’s and Suzanna’s promotions recognize their invaluable contributions to that success.”

Kim most recently served as director of current programming at Fox, where she helped oversee production of various series at the net. She’s been at the net since 1999.

Before joining Fox, Phung had worked at NBC as director of Saturday ayem and primetime skeins.

Relles worked on “The Dead Zone” and “La Femme Nikita” as director of original series at USA Network prior to joining Fox, while Levison contributed to skeins such as “American Idol” and “Temptation Island” during her two-year run as director of alternative programming.

Wax is a five-year Fox vet and most recently was manager of current programming; Makkos had been a department coordinator in Fox’s comedy department.