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Fox Ups Drama, Comedy Department Heads, Adds Development Execs In Restructuring

By | Wednesday February 16, 2011 @ 12:30pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

In light of the departure of Fox’s EVP programming Matt Cherniss and the network’s decision to eliminate the EVP position, Fox is boosting its comedy and drama development ranks.

Suzanna Makkos and Marcus Wiley, who had been co-heading Fox’s comedy department as VPs, have both been promoted to SVP comedy development and will continue to jointly oversee the comedy department. VP Terence Carter, who had been co-heading the drama department with VP Lindsay Sloane, has been promoted to SVP drama development and the sole head of Fox’s drama department. Carter, Makkos and Wiley, whose contracts were up, used to report to Cherniss and will now report directly to Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly. (Sloane, whose contract is up in the summer, will continue as VP drama development for the time being.) Additionally, Fox will hire a total four new development execs to more than double the comedy and drama departments’ current headcount of lower-level execs under Makkos, Wiley and Carter.

While Fox had a strong 2010-11 season, which launched hit dramedy Glee, this season’s scripted series have largely underperformed. Greg Garcia’s moderately rated comedy Raising Hope has shown the most potential and has already been renewed for next season. Fall entries Lone Star and Running Wilde have already been canceled, … Read More »

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Mike Sitrick, Shame On You…

By | Thursday July 12, 2007 @ 5:31pm PDT

sitrick.jpgI’ve known Mike Sitrick for a long time. He’s a PR maven who prides himself on being a family man. Which is why he should be filled with self-loathing for allowing his firm to promote a torture porn pic like Captivity, much less an even more disgusting premiere party whose selling point was its political incorrectness. (Let me make it perfectly clear: I support talent’s right to make the movie, just not business people profiting from it.) Sure, I received all those inane emails announcing the bash, and I did the right thing: I trashed them. Other journalists fell all over themselves covering the event so as to diss it: really, they’re lemmings hurling themselves off the cliff. There is only one way to stop the business of these torture porn movies: by shaming the people who receive money for releasing them, publicizing them, having anything to do with them. So, Mike, how could you? (And how could you, After Dark’s  Courtney Solomon and Allan Zeman?) Take that Captivity money and donate it to charity and pledge publicly right now you’ll never get involved with torture porn pics again. Until Mike does, I urge Hollywood and other companies to shun Sitrick and Company because there is such a thing as guilt by association.

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