Top execs shuffle at 20th TV

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UPDATED 8:29 p.m. PT Jan. 15

In a major executive reshuffling at 20th Century Fox TV, executive vp drama development Jennifer Nicholson Salke is being upped to oversee both drama and comedy development at the studio.

Senior vp drama Patrick Moran will become head of the studio's drama department. Jonathan Davis, vp comedy development at sister network Fox Broadcasting, is coming to 20th TV as senior vp and head of the comedy department.

Davis will replace 20th TV senior vp comedy Quan Phung, whose deal is up and is not being renewed.

The restructuring follows the July elevation of 20th TV toppers Dana Walden and Gary Newman to chairmen. At the time, the two said they would shift their focus from the day-to-day development efforts at the studio to such areas as digital content and new economic models.

Nicholson Salke has been considered a rising star at 20th TV since joining the studio in 2002. She was promoted to executive vp drama in May 2006 when she inked a new two-year deal with the studio that has an option for a third year.

She is credited with 20th TV's success in the drama field with such series as "Prison Break" and "Bones" for Fox and "The Unit" and "Shark" for CBS.

Moran was upped to senior vp drama development at 20th TV in August, when he inked a new four-year deal with the studio. Since joining 20th TV in 2003, he has shepherded the development and launches of such drama series as "Bones," "Prison Break" and "Standoff" and ABC's "Women's Murder Club."

FBC's comedy department has become 20th TV brass' go-to place for senior comedy executive hires. Davis' predecessor, Phung, also was recruited from the network.

Davis joined Fox in 2002 as manager of alternative programming and late-night development. He was promoted to director of comedy development in 2005 and to vp comedy in 2006 and helped in the development of series like" 'Til Death."
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