20th TV's International Chief Marion Edwards to Step Down at Year's End
Gina Brogi, executive vp worldwide pay TV and SVOD, will assume the top spot in January.
20th Century Fox TV’s longtime international president Marion Edwards is set to step down at year’s end.
The news comes after a 24-year career at the studio, where she has built the international unit, which operates in more than 200 countries around the world, into a major profit contributor for parent company 21st Century Fox. Gina Brogi, executive vp worldwide pay TV and SVOD and herself a 17-year veteran of the company, will assume the top spot in January. Having worked closely with Brogi for years, Edwards is expected to lead the transition.
“It has been a very difficult decision to leave Fox but I am excited to see what new adventures lie ahead for me,” Edwards said Wednesday in a statement. “Mark [Kaner], Gina and I have worked together to make sure that our group is fully prepared and ready to face the challenges of the demanding future that lies ahead and now, having achieved that goal, it is the perfect time for me to step away and for Mark and Gina to lead the group forward to what I am sure will be an extraordinary future.”
Added Kaner, 20th Century Fox TV Distribution’s president: “Marion is an institution in international television. We are very sorry to see her leave but I know she will have the same enormous success going forward. She is an exceptional leader who is highly regarded and admired throughout the industry and has achieved such great things for us.”
Edwards first joined the company in 1992 as a senior vp and was ultimately elevated to president of international TV in 2007. Prior to her lengthy run at Fox, she was a vp at MGM/UA Telecommunications and MCA Universal International TV. The news of her forthcoming exit comes after a busy LA Screenings period, in which she was tasked with selling new series including 24: Legacy, This Is Us, a Prison Break update and Lee Daniels' Star to international buyers.