EmptyThree gone at Fox
Three Fox Broadcasting executives — manager of drama development Yvette Urbina and managers of current Monique Nash and Xenia Lok — were laid off Tuesday on the heels of the network's hiring Matt Cherniss as executive vp programming and restructuring management. "This is part of a restructuring reflected in our year-round development process where the comedy and drama development departments will assume a larger role in shepherding first year shows," Fox said. "As a result, certain shifts in responsibility were made."
Moffat, that's 'Who'
BAFTA-winning scribe Steven Moffat is set to take over as lead writer and executive producer of the BBC's "Doctor Who," replacing Russell T. Davies, who is stepping down after this season. Moffat, who penned some of the most acclaimed episodes of the current season and recently penned the screenplay to Steven Spielberg's "Tintin," will take the helm for Season 5, due to air in 2010.
Christopher Guest will reprise his role as fictional rock star Nigel Tufnel from "This Is Spinal Tap" for a series of viral videos promoting the National Geographic Channel special "Stonehenge Decoded," which premieres June 1. Tufnel is seen explaining the origins of the mysterious stones in faux interviews, which can be found at StonehengeDecoded.com.
Murdoch pulls up chair
Elisabeth Murdoch, CEO and chairman of the Shine Group, will serve as gala chair of the 36th International Emmy Awards, set for Nov. 24 in New York.