Having already set up several drama projects at the nets, Regency TV formally unveiled a restructuring of its creative team Wednesday.
Move reps the first major exec shuffle under Regency TV prexy Robin Schwartz, who joined the shingle — a partnership between Fox TV Studios and New Regency — last February. As part of the changes, Stephanie Levine has been upped to Schwartz’s No. 2, while Andrea Shay and Joanna Klein join as VPs.
Meanwhile, projects sold by the shingle so far include a drama from Jennifer Salt (“Nip/Tuck”) about a female private eye who’s a manic depressive and a procedural from “CSI” vet Josh Berman revolving around serial criminals. Both are set up at Fox.
Key to Regency’s restructure was Schwartz’s decision to give her team oversight over both comedy/drama development and current. In an approach modeled after the “team” system in place at NBC and ABC in the mid-’90s, execs will remain involved with projects from development on, even as they turn into series.
“It makes you a well-rounded executive,” Schwartz said. “It also provides a seamless situation for showrunners. When you’re there from the beginning, you know what went into creating the show. And that lends so much more to the success of the show down the line.”
Continuing as Schwartz’s top lieutenant, Levine will, for example, handle both comedy and drama development.
Levine, who serves as senior VP, joined Regency soon after its launch. Her credits include the studio’s key skein, “Malcolm in the Middle,” as well as “The Bernie Mac Show.” She previously handled development and current programming at Touchstone.
Shay, meanwhile, joins Regency from Fox, where she served as director of current programming and worked on laffers such as “Malcolm” and “Bernie,” as well as “That ’70s Show” and “Andy Richter Controls the Universe.”
Shay’s credits also include a stint developing series at Lifetime.
Then there’s Klein, who was most recently VP of series TV at Lions Gate Entertainment, developing projects such as “The Dead Zone” and “Missing.” She also helped set up the Showtime pilot “Weeds.”
Also new to the team is Stacy Fung, who has been named manager. Fung joins from Ben Stiller’s Red Hour Films.
On the development side, Schwartz said the studio aggressively pursued Salt’s project, which focuses on the thin line between sanity and insanity in the main character.”I’m not sure there’s anything else like it, tonally,” Schwartz said. “It’s just one of those hot-button issues we thought it was time to cover.”
Berman, meanwhile, reps another scribe with whom Schwartz has been anxious to work. She describes him as an “unbelievable get.”
“He’s been one of the writers to stay on ‘CSI’ the longest,” she added. “He’s been waiting for his turn to get out there with a show and has a really unique take on a procedural. This is a perfect Fox show.”
Other projects in development include a drama from Chad Hodge (“Blue Lagoon”), who has a sudsy college drama set up at the WB. Script encompasses six different storylines all set on the campus of a Big 10 school.
Regency has also set up a script at Fox from scribes Laurie McCarthy and Gwen Parker (“The Handler,” “CSI: Miami”). Ensemble drama revolves around a legal franchise.