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Chris Alexander is moving up the executive ranks.
The longtime Twentieth Century Fox Television public relations chief has been upped to executive vp corporate communications and publicity. The promotion comes as the Fox Television Group, which encompasses the prolific studio, has seen dramatic changes in recent months, with chairman Dana Walden and Gary Newman adding the Fox broadcast network to their purview earlier this summer.
Alexander will now be reporting to recently elevated Fox TV Group COO Joe Earley, just as his counterpart Shannon Ryan on the network side does. The Los Angeles-based exec previously reported to Walden and Newman.
“This promotion recognizes the pivotal role Chris plays in communicating the studio’s growth and success under Dana Walden and Gary Newman,” Earley said in a statement. “He’s a gifted executive, valued by both the media and our producers as a creative and enthusiastic champion of our business.”
Alexander will continue running the studio’s corporate communications, publicity, talent relations and events, as well as publicizing the company’s development activities and deal-making strategies. He’ll still oversee the studio’s award campaigns for its 39 series, too, including Emmy winners Homeland, Modern Family and American Horror Story, and manage the communications efforts across the studio’s multiple businesses, from the parent company to its cable divisions Fox 21 and Fox Television Studios, licensing arm Fox Consumer Products and syndication company Twentieth Television.
The Columbia alum joined the News Corp.-owned company as a manager in early 2000, when he was tasked with promoting shows ranging from David E. Kelley’s Ally McBeal and The Practice to the Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie reality hit The Simple Life. Prior to 20th Century Fox TV, Alexander helped launch Noggin, MTV Networks’ educational channel for kids, as its first director of communications. He began his career at ABC, where he worked on long-running newsmagazine 20/20, publicizing several Barbara Walters interviews, including her infamous sit-down with Monica Lewinsky.
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