6:10pm PT by Rick Porter
Marcy Ross Steps Down as Head of Skydance TV
Marcy Ross is stepping down as president of Skydance Television.
The executive, who has run the indie studio's TV division since 2013, will segue to a producing deal at Skydance. Chief creative officer Dana Goldberg will take over as interim head of the division.
"Six and a half years ago, we had the idea to expand Skydance beyond film into television. Marcy took that idea and through her leadership forged Skydance Television into a reality from the ground up," Skydance CEO David Ellison said Monday in a statement. "She was responsible for building a bold slate of exciting series such as Grace and Frankie, Jack Ryan and Altered Carbon, just to name a few. I’m extremely grateful for her friendship and am pleased we will continue to work with Marcy in her new role as a producer and creator, where I know together we’ll continue to have even more success."
Ross came to Skydance from Fox, where she served as executive vp current programming, overseeing shows including Glee, The Simpsons, New Girl, Bones and 24. Prior to that, she helped develop shows including the cult favorites Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Farscape.
"Anyone who knows me well knows that I am happiest when I’m in a room with talent — with ideas flying and creating worlds — or on a set, rolling up my sleeves and problem solving," Ross wrote in a memo to staff (see the full note below). "Being in the moment, working closely with artists, is my happy place and that is what I want for my next chapter."
In addition to Netflix's Grace and Frankie and Altered Carbon and Amazon's Jack Ryan (produced with Paramount TV), Skydance is home to Apple's upcoming Foundation, based on the Isaac Asimov novels, and Audience Network's Condor. Skydance and Paramount TV are also developing a series based on Lee Child's Jack Reacher books with Amazon Studios for the tech giant's Prime Video platform.
Read Ross' memo to Skydance staff below.
Over the past six and a half years, together we have built Skydance Television into a creative haven for writers, actors and directors. I have worked alongside you, the most talented team of executives — some of whom were even with me on day one in our little bungalow on the Paramount lot. We have so much to be proud of — seven seasons of Grace and Frankie, Altered Carbon, Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan, Foundation, Condor — and many exceptional projects in development that are poised for the next wave of pickups.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I am happiest when I'm in a room with talent — with ideas flying and creating worlds — or on a set, rolling up my sleeves and problem solving. Being in the moment, working closely with artists, is my happy place and that is what I want for my next chapter.
With that in mind, I am leaving my position as president of Skydance Television and transitioning to an overall producing deal with the company where I can give my full attention to a few special projects I am currently developing.
I want to thank David for the opportunity of a lifetime to launch a television division — it's been an incredible journey and I look forward to working side-by-side with this extraordinary team in my new capacity.
Deadline first reported Ross' departure.