Fox Combines Development and Programming, Ups 5 Execs

Terence Carter, Lauren Levy Neustadter, Suzanna Makkos, Charlie Andrews and Samata Narra (clockwise, from bottom left)

The drama and comedy groups will now report directly to Joe Earley, with Terence Carter, Suzanna Makkos, Charlie Andrews, Lauren Levy Neustadter and Samata Narra all rising in the ranks.

Fox Broadcasting Company is doing a bit of reorganizing, combining its development and programming functions. The news, which sees the comedy and drama development teams now reporting to chief operating officer Joe Earley, also finds five execs earning promotions.

In drama, Terence Carter is now executive vp development and programming, and Charlie Andrews rises to senior vp development and programming. In comedy, Suzanna Makkos becomes executive vp, Lauren Levy Neustadter is elevated to senior vp and Samata Narra is promoted to vp. The changes were announced by Fox entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly.

"To be a network of the future, we not only need to contemporize the way we do business, but also build the best teams to support that business," said Earley. "Combining our development and programming functions allows us to provide more cohesive support to shows -- from inception to finale -- and forge even deeper, more collaborative relationships with the creative community."

In development, both Carter and Makkos reported to Reilly. Both senior vps before, they have overseen the development of several network hits during their respective tenures. Carter brought Sleepy Hollow and The Following to Fox, while Makkos helped launch Brooklyn Nine-Nine, New Girl and The Mindy Project. Fox has already ordered new seasons of all those shows.

"Suzanna and Terence are both gifted executives who -- in true Fox spirit -- aren't afraid to take big creative swings," added Earley. "I'm thrilled to have them leading these incredible teams and driving our programming efforts to the next level."

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