As they have added oversight of Fox in addition to running 20th Century Fox TV, Dana Walden and Gary Newman wasted no time in making it clear that there will be no direct pipeline from the studio to the sister network, which will remain an independent buyer evaluating projects on their merits, not the source. “Be assured the network will remain committed to developing the boldest ideas, no matter the sources,” they wrote in an internal memo announcing the appointment this morning. “We want the best shows on FBC, period. A thriving FBC will mean a more fertile ground to nurture the passion projects of all creators.” Similarly, the duo stressed that 20th TV-based creators will not be forced to sell to Fox but their projects will continue to be placed where they have the best chance to succeed. Read the full memo here:
Today begins an exciting new chapter in the history of our two great companies, Twentieth Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting Company. In this incredibly dynamic television landscape, uniting these two companies under one management will foster more successful collaboration among our executives and create greater paths to success for our creative partners. We are humbled by the challenge, energized by the opportunities and emboldened by the fact that we’ll be joined by such talented executives on both sides of the organization.
To our colleagues at the studio, you are responsible for the incredible growth and success of Twentieth Century Fox Television over the past fifteen years and we are so proud of all we’ve accomplished together. As we move forward, we will look to each of you to step up and take on even greater leadership. You’ve established an environment where creators are free to develop their biggest and boldest ideas, and we’ve placed those projects where they have had the best chance to succeed. That will not change. We’ll continue to support the visions of our creators, wherever they may lead us.
To our colleagues at the network, we couldn’t be more excited to be joining you later this month. We have a long history of creating and nurturing culturally-defining programming together, from The Simpsons to The X-Files to Glee to name just a few. And over the years you have enjoyed tremendous success with iconic programming from outside suppliers and have fantastic relationships with creators and production companies all over town. Be assured the network will remain committed to developing the boldest ideas, no matter the sources. We want the best shows on FBC, period. A thriving FBC will mean a more fertile ground to nurture the passion projects of all creators.
We are also happy to be joining Peter Rice’s team of extraordinarily talented managers at Fox Networks Group. We’ve had wonderful relationships in the past and our new structure means even more collaboration in the future, which will benefit the studio and the network.
So now, we ask you to join us as the real work begins. We look forward to leading this new Fox TV Group to greater heights than either company has achieved singularly. And we’ll do it together.
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