Fox is turning to a trusted News Corp. hand to oversee the overhauls of “American Idol” and “The X Factor” while the network searches for a replacement for outgoing alternative topper Mike Darnell.
David Hill, the former Fox Sports chief, will oversee the two singing competition shows for the network after Darnell exits later this month. Both shows are undergoing major turnover and changes at the judges table. He’ll oversee the shows for the upcoming season but Fox is emphasizing internally that he is not Darnell’s successor and will not be taking on additional responsibilities beyond shepherding “Idol” and “X Factor.”
Hill’s deep background in producing live events made him a natural candidate to jump in to the breech. Hill segued last year to a role as News Corp.’s senior exec veep, overseeing special projects for the company such as the launch of Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports Japan.
NBC News President Noah Oppenheim signed a new contract to stay at the NBCUniversal unit in recent months, according people familiar with the matter, even as the company prepared to defend itself against allegations recently raised by Ronan Farrow’s explosive book, “Catch and Kill.”‘ Oppenheim is widely expected to succeed Andrew Lack, who currently holds [...]
Amazon Studios has greenlit a German comedy series titled “The Bedfellow” (“Der Beischläfer”) starring comedian Markus Stoll, who is popular locally for playing a funny guy named “Harry G” who satirizes life in his native Bavaria. Shooting has started in Munich on the six-part series, which is directed by Anna-Katharina Maier (“Die Klempnerin”) and produced [...]
Three former “Project Runway” casting professionals have launched Vital Casting, a woman-led casting company whose mission is to help production companies, networks, studios, and streamers cast unscripted content with a focus on inclusion, equity and diversity in representation. Founders Alissa Haight Carlton, Jen DeMartino, and Rebecca Snavely met as freelance casting directors while they were [...]
Stay out of Gayle King’s way on Wednesday morning. As the clock approaches 8 a.m. tomorrow, King and her “CBS This Morning” co-hosts, Anthony Mason and Tony Doukopil, will have to whisk themselves from their home studio to another one at the multi-tiered New York broadcast facility that hosts their program. They will have to [...]
Last week’s move giving Kevin Feige charge of Marvel’s television, animation and print editorial operations should come as no surprise. As the architect of the company’s enormous film success, Feige arguably has the most enviable track record of any contemporary entertainment executive. Extending his creative control over more of the Marvel universe seems like a [...]
WarnerMedia has upped seasoned communications exec Oliver Herrgesell to become executive vice president of communications for WarnerMedia Sales and International. Gerhard Zeiler, WarnerMedia’s chief revenue officer and president of WarnerMedia International Networks, told staff about the change in a memo issued Tuesday. “Oliver has 20 years of experience as a communications and governmental affairs professional, [...]
More than half of the world’s new TV dramas now hail from China, market research firm Ampere Analysis said Tuesday in a new report on global content production over the past six months. In the last half year, top Chinese broadcasters and OTT platforms have commissioned almost 300 new drama series – as many as [...]