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As much of the TV industry waits to see how the new executive structure will look at Disney’s TV operation once the 20th Century Fox acquisition is complete, one thing does seem certain for soon-to-be-orphaned Fox Broadcasting Company: Current chairman and CEO Gary Newman is sticking around for the time being.
Multiple sources say Newman is currently in talks to have a role at New Fox, one that is expected to exist without longtime collaborator Dana Walden and boss Peter Rice — both of whom are expected to be making a move to Disney.
It’s unclear what title Newman will hold, or how long his new deal will be for, but he is expected to stay at least through the end of the new 2018-19 TV season. It’s been a positive one for Fox thus far, with both the launch of Thursday Night Football and a successful relaunch of the comedy Last Man Standing. In fact, the network’s live-plus-same-day showing in primetime among adults 18-49 is up 60 percent from the 2017 premiere week. The comedies Rel and Cool Kids both saw strong launches, with the returning drama 911 performing particularly well.
Spokespeople for the Fox Broadcasting Company declined to comment.
Newman, alongside fellow Fox TV Group CEO and chairman Walden, had signed a one-year extension earlier this year — but that extension is said to be nullified by the fact that the Fox TV Group will no longer exist as soon as the Disney acquisition of the 20th Century Fox TV studio is complete.
Staying at Fox has been the most likely option for Newman for some time. Though the broadcast network is said to have courted National Geographic Global Networks CEO Courteney Monroe to join its leadership, it is now assumed that she will remain at her post once it falls under the Disney umbrella.
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