Fox Scheduler Preston Beckman to Segue to Advisory Role in June
Beckman will provide his expertise and strategic insight in scheduling, programming and research across all entertainment divisions.
At the season's end, long-time scheduler Preston Beckman will move into an advisory role as executive VP of of strategic program planning and research at the Fox Broadcasting Company.
The network vet who has has handled the broadcast network's schedule for the last 11 years will assume the role in June, when he will provide his expertise and strategic insight in scheduling, programming and research across all entertainment divisions and report directly to Peter Rice.
“Fox has been incredibly fortunate to have Preston guiding our schedule for the past decade and seven consecutive years of No. 1 finishes,” said Rice in a statement. “His strategic mind and love of television make him the Muhammad Ali of scheduling executives, and we all look forward to working closely with him, here at Fox, for many more years.”
Added Beckman, “In my job, you’re only as good as the people who bring us their ideas and the executives who nurture and market the shows. I have been very fortunate to work with the best in the business and to have a scheduling team that is second to none.”
He continued: “I also want to thank Peter for persuading me to remain in the FNG family and for giving me the opportunity to transition over the next three years to whatever path I choose to follow.”
Beckman, who has garnered a following on Twitter with his humorous @MaskedScheduler feed, joined Fox in 2000, after nearly 20 years at rival NBC. In the years since, he's helped catapult the network responsible for such hits as American Idol and 24 to No. 1.
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