Michael Thorn to head development at 20th TV

1:41 PM PST 05/08/2010 by James Hibberd, AP

Replacing Patrick Moran, who will consult during transition

Twentieth TV is shaking up its executive ranks with Patrick Moran stepping down as head of development for the studio and Michael Thorn taking the reins.

Thorn will report to the studio's executive vp of creative affairs, Jennifer Nicholson-Salke.

"We are so excited to be bringing in Michael, who is an amazingly talented executive, to run this critical area of our company," said Nicholson-Salke. "We're also very grateful to our friend Marty Adelstein, who has been a partner to us on so many projects, for supporting our desire to bring him on board. Michael has fantastic instincts and great taste in material, and will be a tremendous asset our company."

Thorn is currently with Marty Adelstein's Lost Marbles TV and in June will take the title of senior vp of drama development at the studio. Thorn worked on MTV's "Teen Wolf," and 20th's "Supreme Courtships" and "Cop House." Previously he worked as drama development head at NBC where he helped develop series such as "Heroes" and "Friday Night Lights."

"Twentieth is the home of the most creatively adventurous dramas in TV like 'Glee,' '24' and 'Prison Break' I hope to add to that legacy," Thorn told THR. "I'm excited to be in business with Fox, and also excited that 20th is a place from which you can sell to all the networks."

Though the leadership change is coming on the verge of pilot pickups, Thorn reassured that he's ready to support the studio's current slate.

"I've collaborated with 20th before, it's one of the reasons I wanted to be there and I hope I can add to the creative process," Thorn said. "It's not my M.O. to throw out something just because I'm the new guy."

Moran will remain on board as a development consultant during the transition. In a statement, Moran said, "I've been at the studio for many years now, and I've loved my time here, but I wanted to try something a bit more entrepreneurial."
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