Fox Network Restructures Event Series Department, Two Execs to Exit (EXCLUSIVE)

Fox Broadcasting is restructuring its event series department, a shakeup that will result in the departures next month of the two execs who have been overseeing limited-series and longform development.

Shana C. Waterman, senior VP of event series, and VP Jeni Mulein will exit the network by the end of next month, sources said. Fox entertainment prexy David Madden will take on oversight of the network’s longform development — an arena that he knows well from his years as a producer.

The decision is among the bigger changes instituted by Fox Television Group chairs Dana Walden and Gary Newman since the duo took the reins of the network in July.

Sources emphasized that the exec departures do not mean that Fox intends to back away from producing event series. There’s said to be a long-term goal to put a new exec structure in place, but for the time being, Madden will roll up his sleeves to shepherd some projects that are already in the works.

At present, Fox is airing the limited-series “Gracepoint,” which has had an uphill ratings climb. It also has a mystery thriller “Wayward Pines,” produced by M. Night Shyamalan, on tap for later this season.

Waterman has been with Fox since 2006. She rose through the current programming ranks and was tapped to steer event series in early 2013. Mulein joined Fox in September 2013 from Original Film.

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