In a surprising move, Fox will turn to AMC President Charlie Collier to take over his network of broadcasters in a few months, the company announced on Friday.
Hollywood widely believed that Gary Newman's chief executive of Fox Television Group would continue the work. But Mr. Newman hinted to Fox that he would only stay through this television season, which ends in May. Lachlan Murdoch, who will be the boss of the new Fox, did not want to wait until he found a replacement
. Collier, a career cable man, has been President of AMC for ten years, helping to keep track of hits like The Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, and Better Call Saul. His new title will be Chief Executive of Entertainment at Fox.
NBC's Entertainment Head Robert Greenblatt stepped aside last month and was replaced by two veterans, Paul Telegdy and George Cheeks
And the upcoming sale of much of 21st Century Fox to the Walt Disney Company is causing big changes to Fox and ABC, which belongs to Disney.
When the sale is completed, Dana Walden, the co-chief executive of the Fox television group with Mr. Newman, will move to Disney, where she will, in part, oversee ABC's entertainment managers. She will report to longtime Fox manager Peter Rice, who will be responsible for most of Disney's television sets.
Cable channels such as FX and National Geographic, as well as Fox's television and movie studios are on their way to Disney. The Fox broadcast network, including Fox News and Fox Business Channel, will remain under the control of the Murdoch family.
And now Mr. Collier will take over there. AMC, whom he joined after joining Court TV, had a long series of shows that were critical favorites and mammoth hits. But the ratings for The Walking Dead have plummeted in recent months, and AMC struggled to find a suitable replacement.
The Fox network, whose ratings this season exploded thanks to "Thursday Night" are football, "was expected to rely heavily on the live event program once it was disconnected from its television studio, but the appointment Mr. Collier strongly suggests that it will not give up the written television business.
Fox has found some momentum from his Friday night lineup, especially with the revived "Last Man Standing" with Tim Allen and a new series, "The Cool Kids. "Both have received a full season order.
AMC's leadership – which includes Josh Sapan as CEO and David Madden as Program Director – remains otherwise – the cable network has no replacement for Mr. Collier.
In a statement, Mr. Newman, who will leave Fox when the Disney deal is closed, said: "Charlie is a longtime friend and colleague, and he will inherit a team of passionate and unglamubled I talented executives. This accelerated transition allows me to pursue new opportunities on my own timeline, with the convenience of letting the network in capable hands. In his own statement, Mr. Collier said, "I can not imagine a more exciting next step than this new role at Fox, which is the power and reach of a broadcast department, some of the best live assets on the planet from those."
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