Veteran News Corp. TV executive David Hill is stepping in to oversee Fox’s flagship reality series American Idol and The X Factor. Hill, who serves as Senior EVP of News Corp. after a long tenure as chairman and CEO of Fox Sports, is not a replacement for Fox’s departing alternative programming president Mike Darnell but will take over his duties on Idol and X Factor. Following Darnell’s recent announcement that he was stepping down, there has been a decision-making vacuum on the two shows, with Idol in particular in dire need of someone to oversee its upcoming overhaul following record-low ratings.
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Three of the four judges — Mariah Carey, Nicki Minaj and Randy Jackson — already announced they are not coming back. Executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warrick also are not expected to continue, but even that decision has not been formalized, along with the recruitment of new judges, with negotiations with Idol alumna Jennifer Hudson stalled. Hill’s coming on board is expected to help get things moving. It also will shift the way the two shows are run toward a more traditional network/producer relationship, with Hill serving as the network’s point person for the producers. READ MORE »
David Hill will transition to a News Corp-wide role. This Peter Rice promotion ends months of recent speculation that the Chairman of Entertainment for Fox Networks Group, who’s been on a very fast track inside Fox and News Corp, would move immediately into Peter Chernin‘s old role heading both film and television. Don’t forget that Rice began working at Fox as a summer intern in 1989. And that he and Rupert Murdoch have a very special relationship. I’ve been told that Rice’s father helped Rupert conquer the newspaper unions once upon a time, and, as a result, Murdoch looks upon Peter like a son. So the conventional wisdom is that Peter Rice is being groomed to be the next Peter Chernin or Chase Carey. And to do that No. 2 News Corp job, he’s got to know TV inside and out. It wasn’t that long ago that Rice was upped from Fox Searchlight to Fox Broadcasting’s Entertainment Chairman and then his duties expanded to oversee programming for the broadcast network as well as FX. Rice has earned the reputation within News Corp as a key creative type. As Murdoch once said about Rice, “Peter has the vision, creativity and determination.” Spoken like a proud surrogate father. Here’s the announcement: Read More »
Bloomberg Game Changers last night profiled News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch with interviews including former No. 2 Peter Chernin and current Fox Sports chairman David Hill. There’s some good stuff in here, including Chernin talking about Murdoch’s hands-on approach:
Fox reps have confirmed a TMZ report that actor Charlie Sheen met on Thursday with several top Fox executives. I have the details. The sitdown, which happened on the Fox lot, was set up by Fox Sports for Sheen to speak … Read More »