8:43am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Keith Cox Promoted to TV Land President of Development and Programming
A year and a half after Larry Jones exited as TV Land president amid Viacom's restructuring, the cable network has a new leader (though with a different title).
Keith Cox has been promoted to president of original development and production at the Viacom-owned cable network, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Cox had been serving as exec vp development and original programming and will now take over the post previously occupied by Jones. Cox will continue to be based in Los Angeles and report to Viacom Kids and Family Group president Cyma Zarghami.
Under Cox's leadership, TV Land is looking to higher-profile projects (and stars) for its current pilot roster that includes Alicia Silverstone starring in American Woman, a comedy inspired by the life of Real Housewives' Kyle Richards and produced by John Wells; a First Wives Club reboot starring Alyson Hannigan, Megan Hilty and Vanessa Lachey; and an anthology take on Heathers.
Before joining TV Land, Cox was exec vp comedy and alternative at the WB Network, where he oversaw series including Beauty and the Geek, Surreal Life and more. Before that, he worked at Greenblatt/Janollari as vp comedy and drama and was among the team that developed Six Feet Under, The Hughleys and Heat Vision and Jack. He started his career as director of programming during the early days of FX before joining Warner Bros. Television, where he developed Veronica's Closet, Suddenly Susan, Jesse and The Jamie Foxx Show.