Fox TV finds three who fit innovation strategy

Mansfield, Suarez, Smith tapped

Fox Television Studios is beefing up its scripted development ranks.

The company has tapped Spike TV's former programming chief Pancho Mansfield as senior vp programming.

Additionally, Fox International Channels' Diego Suarez has been named senior vp programming, focusing on international co-production, while former Endeavor agent Karyn Smith has come on board as director of programming.

Mansfield and Smith's appointments are effective Monday. Suarez joined the studio several weeks ago. All three report to executive vp scripted programming David Madden.

"We are laser-focused on being aggressive in innovating, trying things that have never been done before as one key way to bridge the gap between the U.S. and international markets," FtvS president Emiliano Calemzuk said. "Pancho, Diego and Karyn all have experience that fits into this strategy."

Mansfield replaces Marney Hochman Nash, who recently left the studio to run Shawn Ryan's new production company, Midd Kid Prods. He exited his position as Spike's executive vp original programming and development in July once his contract expired (HR 6/13).

"When I first heard that (he) might be available, I almost dropped the phone, I was so excited," Madden said. "Pancho is a star, ardent champion and a shrewd judge of talent, specializing in gritty, ambitious programming and one of the most respected and admired executives in the television business."

Mansfield is coming to FtvS after 16 years on the buying side, two at Spike TV and 14 at Showtime Networks.

"This is going to be a completely different experience, an appealing challenge, and I'm looking forward to it," he said.

At Spike, Mansfield developed summer's favorably reviewed limited series "The Kill Point" as well as last summer's "Blade: The Series" and launched several reality series, including "Pros vs. Joes." At Showtime, where he rose through the ranks to senior vp development, he developed such shows as "The Tudors" and "Queer as Folk."

Suarez comes from Fox International Channels, Italy, where he worked under Calemzuk as vp, head of production and managing director at Fox Factory Europe, responsible for the development and production of scripted shows for the Italian market. Calemzuk, who was president of FIC, Italy, before taking the reins of FtvS in April, introduced Suarez to Madden.

Smith got her start in Endeavor's mailroom before joining its TV lit department.

FtvS' current series include FX's "The Shield" and "The Riches," USA Network's "Burn Notice" and TNT's "Saving Grace."