Kurtzman role grows with 20th TV


UPDATED 6:40 p.m. PT Feb. 7

20th Century Fox Television is completing the realignment of its top-tier management team by signing a deal with executive vp business and legal affairs Howard Kurtzman, whose responsibilities are being expanded.

In a similar move on the creative side, the studio recently upped head of drama development Jennifer Nicholson Salke to the newly created position of executive vp creative affairs, expanding her role to oversee drama and comedy development at the studio.

Reporting to her are senior vp Patrick Moran, who was named head of the drama department, and senior vp Jonathan Davis, who was recruited from sister network Fox to lead the comedy department.

The elevation of Kurtzman and Nicholson Salke solidifies the duo's position as 20th TV chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman's top lieutenants in the business and creative areas. When Walden and Newman were named chairmen in July, the two said they would shift their focus from the day-to-day development efforts at the studio to such areas as digital content and new economic models.

In addition to running the studio's business and legal affairs operations, Kurtzman, whose new title is executive vp 20th TV, will be involved in overseeing the studio's digital content creation efforts, its animation business as well as its alternative production arm fox21.

Kurtzman, who joined 20th TV in 1997, is credited for his role in the development of new business models for the studio's relationships with the TV networks. He previously served as top business and legal affairs executive at New World Entertainment and Stephen J. Cannell Prods.