Twentieth Century Fox TV is putting the finishing touches on a top-level exec reorganization, including a major new position for drama chief Jennifer Nicholson Salke.
Nicholson Salke is in negotiations with the studio to take on a more senior position overseeing both drama and comedy at the studio, insiders said Tuesday.
Job would in some ways fill the studio presidency void left when longtime 20th Century Fox TV toppers Dana Walden and Gary Newman were upped to chairmen.
Also, as part of the shuffle, comedy topper Quan Phung has left the studio. In his place, 20th is expected to recruit Jonathan Davis, the No. 2 comedy exec at its sibling Fox network, to oversee laffer development as senior VP.
On the drama side, with Nicholson Salke’s elevation, her drama lieutenant, Patrick Moran, will now head the department, continuing as senior VP.
Twentieth Century Fox TV declined comment on the moves, which have not been made official.
Nicholson Salke was most recently exec VP of drama development; she joined the studio in 2002 from Columbia TriStar TV (now Sony Pictures TV). She’s helped develop hits such as “Bones” and “Prison Break.”
Davis first joined Fox in 2002; he was mostly recently VP of comedy, and had a hand in developing shows such as “Til Death.” Before his stint at comedy, he was director of alternative programming and latenight development at the net.
Phung had been with the studio since 2004; before that, he was a comedy exec at Fox. Phung’s credits include developing critically acclaimed fare like “How I Met Your Mother.”
Moves come soon after 20th Century Fox TV, along with the other major studios, shuffled its writer roster.