JERUSALEM — The future of Fox in light of the pending Disney acquisition may still be a question, but Fox Television Group chairman-CEO Gary Newman said he's "optimistic" about what the deal means for the network and studio he currently runs, as well as his own job prospects."I'm very bullish about it. I look at that combination and think it's going to be a powerful media company," Newman told Variety ahead of his Q&A panel at the INTV Conference in Israel. "To...
Gary Newman’s long-running partnership with Dana Walden could be the most notable of the television industry. Together, they run Fox Television Group, which includes 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting.
Newman has been involved in greenlighting game-changing broadcast and cable series like “Modern Family,” “The Americans,” “Empire,” “American Horror Story,” and “Homeland,” from top producers including Ryan Murphy, Howard Gordon, Seth MacFarlane, Steve Levitan, and Christopher Lloyd.
Newman and Walden’s focus on content ownership is a key to preparing for the on-demand future of the television industry. In 2016, Newman and Walden announced FOX would begin live-streaming primetime programming across multiple platforms, ensuring viewers can access it in real time.
“Something that has come into stark relief since we (with Fox TV chairman-CEO Dana Walden) have been supervising the network is that the studios and talent need networks to launch their programs,” Newman wrote in Variety in 2015. “You can have the greatest script in the world, but if you don’t have some platform to start it on, ultimately there’s not going to be any value there.”
Newman joined 20th TV in 1990, serving as EVP of the studio since 1997. Newman began his career as an attorney, earning his J.D. from USC Law Center and his B.A. from Yale University.