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Fox Combines Development and Current Operations, Promotes 5 Execs

10 March 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Fox Broadcasting Co. is combining its development and current programming departments in the effort to provide more consistent management of its series programming. As a result, five top execs have been promoted with expanded responsibilities.

The new structure marks an increase in authority for Fox chief operating officer Joe Earley, who is No. 2 at the network to Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly.

Earley had already overseen Fox’s current department, and now he will take on oversight of development through the combination of those functions along comedy and drama lines.

In comedy development and programming, Suzanna Makkos has been elevated to exec vice president and will oversee the net’s comedy development and series coverage. In the same department, Lauren Levy Neustradter has been upped to senior VP, and Samata Narra has been promoted to VP. They will serve as Makkos’ senior lieutenants.

In drama development and programming, Terence Carter »

- Alex Stedman

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TV’s Diversity Dilemma: A Candid Conversation with Fox Execs

15 January 2014 3:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Despite honorable intentions and a plethora of industry initiatives, the numbers stubbornly refuse to budge. Or so it seems every year when statistics on the employment of minorities and women in television and film are released by the guilds.

The diversity stats for writers, directors and actors are generally meager. Similarly detailed reports on the executive ranks at major studios, networks, production companies and talent agencies would probably be just as disheartening, if not more so.

Social scientists always point to institutional factors that make it hard for minorities and women to gain ground in some industries. So much of the hiring process in showbiz is about who you know. If most of the people doing the hiring are white men, human nature dictates that jobs will flow more easily to candidates they know, which will tend to be candidates who are most like them.

That said, there is no question that the entertainment workforce, »

- Cynthia Littleton

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