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In a game of musical chairs, Fox TV Group has lured Charlie Andrews back into its fold.
The former network drama executive, who jumped to Netflix earlier this year, is returning to his longtime home in a leadership position formerly occupied by his then-boss Terence Carter. The news comes as Carter, formerly Fox’s executive vp drama programming, development and event series, is moving to sibling studio 20th Century Fox TV as executive vp development, drama and comedy. Carter is replacing Michael Thorn, who moved from the studio to the network as Fox’s president of entertainment in August. To complete the circle, Andrews will now report to Thorn.
In Andrews’ new role, he will be responsible for all drama and event programming, a significantly bigger role than he had when he left for the streamer. Featured on The Hollywood Reporter’s Next Gen list earlier in his career, Andrews is said to have been heavily wooed by top boss and mentor Dana Walden. During his previous tenure at Fox, Andrews worked on series including Star, Lethal Weapon and Sleepy Hollow. Prior to that, he had spent time at NBC, where Carter previously worked as well.
As for Carter, another THR Next Gen alum, he will now take a top role at the studio, reporting to Jonnie Davis, who serves as president of creative affairs under Walden and Gary Newman. The move is part of an ongoing ascent for Carter, who last expanded his purview in 2016, when he added event series to his portfolio. In his time at the network, he was responsible for developing and overseeing Empire as well as working on other series including Gotham, the X-Files revival, Glee, Bones, The Orville and Wayward Pines.
“Terence is a spectacular creative executive who has been responsible for some of the network’s biggest and boldest hits,” Davis said Wednesday in a statement, adding, “When Michael was tapped for the network presidency, there was only one executive I thought of who could possibly fill his shoes. Terence is a smart and strategic programmer who already has a shorthand with our creative teams. I couldn’t be happier he will be joining us.”
Thorn added of Andrews: “Charlie is an extremely well-respected executive with impeccable taste and long-standing relationships throughout the creative community. We’ve been friends and colleagues for almost a decade and I can’t wait for him to return to the Fox family and rejoin the incredible team we have in place.”
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