Fox expands current department

Unit ups Shana C. Waterman, James Oh; hires David Sleven

While current departments have become an endangered species as more and more broadcast nets fold those programming efforts into their development units, Fox is bucking the trend with two promotions and a hire.

Shana C. Waterman and James Oh have been upped to vp current programming, while David Sleven has moved from comedy development, where he was a manager, to current, where he'll serve as a director.

All three report to Marcy Ross, exec vp current programming.

In making the announcement, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly stressed the importance of "investing in top-notch talent" to keep the network's series strong and praised Fox's current department for being responsible in part for Fox's first fall season ratings win.

As directors of current programming, Oh supervised "Human Target," "Code 58," "24," "The Simpsons," "Lie to Me" and "The Wanda Sykes Show," while Waterman oversaw "House," "Glee," "Fringe," "Family Guy," "American Dad" and "The Cleveland Show."

In comedy development, Sleven's focus was on animation, developing upcoming series "Bob's Burgers," on which he will serve as current exec, and "The Cleveland Show."
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