Fox exec develops a taste for comedy

Levison takes on net's laffers

Fox exec Susan Levison has been crowned the net’s new queen of laughs.

Levison has been named senior VP of comedy development, replacing outgoing topper Jeremy Gold, who announced his departure from the net at the end of last month (Daily Variety, May 31).

Levison moves to comedy from the net’s drama development department, where she served as vice president. Before that, she worked in the net’s alternative department.

She’ll now head all of Fox’s comedy development and report to Fox exec VP for programming Craig Erwich, who made the announcement Tuesday.

In promoting Levison, Erwich said the exec possessed “tremendous creative instincts, a unique perspective and a clear sense of what it takes to move an idea from script to series.”

“While serving in our alternative and drama departments, Susan has worked on some of Fox’s biggest shows, from ‘American Idol’ to ‘House,’ and I look forward to the energy and perspective she will bring on the comedy genre,” Erwich said.

During her drama tenure, Levison helped develop the series “Prison Break” and upcoming entry “Vanished.” On the alternative side, she worked on “The Simple Life,” “Temptation Island” and “Boot Camp.”

Levison joined Fox as an assistant in 1999. Before that, she worked in the TV literary department at CAA.

Speaking to Daily Variety three hours into her tenure, Levison noted that she’s becoming a comedy exec during a rather “challenging era.”

“Comedy is wide open right now,” she said. “We’ve got a great ground base of comedy, from animated to live action, from multi-camera to single-camera. I can’t wait to take the things I’ve learned from alternative and drama and apply them to comedy.”

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