Less than two months after its launch, Skydance Television today announced one new hire and a pair of promotions. Carolyn Harris joins the company as VP, while Bill Bost and Sasha Garron have been upped to Manager of Development and Coordinator, respectively. Harris comes to Skydance from Robin Schorr’s Schorr Pictures, where she was VP Television. Before that she was an agent at WME. Bost had been executive assistant to Skydance Productions chief David Ellison. Garron was executive assistant to Marcy Ross at Fox and followed her boss to Skydance TV when Ross was named president of the division in May. All three report to Ross. “Marcy has assembled an amazing team of executives to build Skydance Television into a friendly home for all creators,” Ellison said in a statement. “Expanding our television department is an exciting step towards building Skydance into the multifaceted virtual studio that I have always envisioned.”
David Ellison‘s film production and financing company Skydance is entering the TV business with the May 1 launch of a television division, Skydance TV. It will be headed by former senior Fox executive Marcy Ross, who will serve as president of Skydance TV. The expansion into TV is part of Skydance’s rapid growth over the past three years. The company was founded by Ellison, son of Oracle founder Larry Ellison, in 2010 when he raised $350 million to co-finance movies with Paramount Pictures that has resulted in such films as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Reacher, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and the upcoming World War Z and Star Trek Into Darkness. Ross spent the last decade at Fox as SVP and EVP of Current Programming. She has led the network team that oversees all new and returning scripted series, including newcomer The Following, veterans Bones, Family Guy and The Simpsons as well as American Dad, Glee, New Girl, Raising Hope and Touch. “During her tenure at Fox, Marcy has developed and produced some of the best shows on television that have entertained audiences around the world,” Skydance president and CEO Ellison said. “We are thrilled to welcome her into the Skydance family to help pioneer our entrance into this wonderful medium of storytelling.”
EXCLUSIVE: After a decade at Fox, EVP current programming Marcy Ross is leaving the network. Ross’ three-year contract is up this year and I hear she opted not to renew it and plans to return to content creation. I hear Ross, a well-liked executive, is already pursuing other opportunities but will remain at Fox in a consulting capacity for the transition, likely through the end of the season. Fox wouldn’t comment on the reasons for Ross’ exit but I hear she and top network brass have had differences. Ross was brought to Fox in 2002 by then-entertainment president Gail Berman with whom Ross had previously worked at Sandollar TV where they developed Buffy The Vampire Slayer. After a five-year stint as SVP current programming at Fox, Ross was upped to EVP in 2007. She has led the network team that oversees all new and returning scripted series, including newcomer The Following, veterans Bones, Family Guy and The Simpsons as well as American Dad, Glee, New Girl, Raising Hope and Touch. In the interim, Fox’s current series will be overseen by Shana C. Waterman and James Oh, who have been working under Ross. Ross came to Fox from Studios USA, where she was SVP comedy programming and also did a stint at The Jim Henson Co. as SVP creative affairs.