Fox's Samata Narra Upped to Comedy SVP in Network's Latest Round of Promotions
Comedy's Jonathan Gabay and drama's Tony Tompson both rise to VP status.
Fox Broadcasting Company has elevated three development and programming executives: Samata Narra, who's been upped to senior vice president of comedy. The new comedy development and programming SVP is joined by department neighbors Jonathan Gabay and Tony Tompson in this round of promotions — each rising to VP status in comedy and drama, respectively.
Narra, a former literary manager, has been one of the fastest-rising stars at Fox. She's overseen the development and launch of such series as The Last Man on Earth, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl and The Mindy Project — as well as animated comedy Bob's Burgers. She'll continue to report directly to comedy EVP Suzanna Makkos, who announced the promotion on Tuesday.
Also on Makkos' team is Gabay. He first joined the network in 2011, coming over from current programming at the CW, and counts Fox's new comedy launches of the season (The Grinder and Cooper Barrett's Guide to Surviving Life) among the many series under his purview.
On the drama side, Tompson has been with Fox since 2008 — first in creative affairs at 20th Century Fox Television. A WME vet, he had been responsible for managing development and had current dramas Sleepy Hollow and Bones on his roster. He'll continue to report to EVP of drama development and programming, Terence Carter.