Carolyn Cassidy to Lead Current Programming at 20th TV, Jeffrey Glaser Departing

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Carolyn Cassidy and Jeffrey Glaser

The longtime current chief elected to leave the studio but will stay on to consult during the transition.

20th Century Fox Television has named a new head of current programming. The studio announced Wednesday that longtime current programming chief Jeffrey Glaser is leaving to explore new opportunities, and comedy exec Carolyn Cassidy will fill his vacancy.

“Jeffrey has been an extraordinary contributor to the success of this company, and he will be deeply missed,” said 20th TV creative affairs president Jonnie Davis. “As he explores his next career options, he will always have an open door at this studio. And we’re pleased and grateful that he will serve as a consultant on many of our series.”

Cassidy, who came to the studio from NBC, joined 20th TV in 2009 as vp comedy. She was most recently held the title of senior vp in the department, where she shepherded the development of ABC freshman Fresh Off the Boat and Fox's upcoming Rob Lowe vehicle The Grinder. New Girl and Last Man Standing are also among the projects she helped develop since joining the studio.

Her new title is senior vp current programming. During the transition, Glaser will remain at 20th to consult.

“The great news is that we have identified an incredibly strong successor in Carolyn Cassidy, who has been a tremendous asset to our comedy development efforts,” added Davis. “She’s as smart and strategic as she is passionate about our series, and we think under her strong leadership and oversight, our current shows — which are the studio’s lifeblood — will continue to thrive and grow.” 

Glaser has led current at the studio since 2003. He was promoted to executive vp in 2014.

“I’ve had a great experience working with such talented colleagues and extraordinary writers, producers and directors during my nearly two decades at 20th, and now is the right time to take on a new creative challenge,” Glaser said of his decision. “I am grateful to everyone at the studio, particularly Dana Walden and Gary Newman, for all the opportunities they have given me. To have worked on so many of television’s most iconic shows has been a real thrill, and I’ve learned and grown so much. I look forward to the next chapter.”

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