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As 20th Century Fox TV continues its animation tear, the studio is promoting the woman leading the charge in that space.
The studio has promoted Marci Proietto from senior vp animation to the newly created role of executive vp animation. The news follows Proietto’s recent hot streak that has seen her oversee the studio’s recent straight-to-series orders at Apple (Central Park), Hulu (Solar Opposites), Fox (Bless the Harts) and Netflix (Hoops).
“Marci is a beloved executive who has been an enthusiastic and talented steward of our thriving animation business for over 20 years. Her relationships with powerhouse creators like Matt Groening (The Simpsons), Seth MacFarlane (Family Guy) and Loren Bouchard (Bob’s Burgers) are incredibly strong, because she’s been there championing their work from the beginning,” 20th TV president of creative affairs Jonathan Davis said Tuesday in a statement. “She’s also identified and set up projects with a host of other giants in the space, as well as many whom we think are the next generation of animation talent. This promotion acknowledges both her past contributions as well as sets her up for even greater success as a member of our senior creative executive team, and I couldn’t be happier that she’ll be with us for many more years to come.”
In her new role, Proietto will continue to head 20th TV’s animation, overseeing creative and production for the studio’s roster that includes Family Guy, Bob’s Burgers, American Dad and The Simpsons. Additionally, she oversees the studio’s animation development slate as well as its rapidly growing roster of upcoming series.
The adult animation genre has been on fire of late, with 20th TV scoring a two-season order at Apple for Bouchard’s Central Park; a similar pickup at Hulu for Rick and Morty duo Justin Roiland and Mike McMahan’s Solar Opposites; Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Bless the Harts (Fox) and Hoops (Netflix); and Amy Poehler’s Duncanville (Fox).
Proietto joined 20th TV — which will soon become a Disney brand — straight out of college, starting as the assistant to the head of production. She has been with the studio ever since, working her way up through the ranks after identifying animation as her passion early on. Proietto joined The Simpsons in season six and counts King of the Hill, Futurama, Family Guy, American Dad and Bob’s Burgers among her credits. She added oversight of development to her purview five years ago and, with Davis, has spearheaded 20th TV’s string of animation sales. Some say Proietto has worked on 16 animated TV series over 26 years, tallying more than 1,800 total episodes.
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