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FX has named business affairs executive Shola Ajewole to head up its diversity and inclusion initiatives.
Ajewole. who’s been with FX since 2016, will take on the newly created position of senior vp creative and cultural diversity at the Disney-owned cable outlet and its FX Productions. He’ll be responsible for leading the company’s commitments to diversity and inclusion across all aspects of its culture, creative relationships and content. Ajewole will also work with Disney General Entertainment Content’s diversity, equity and inclusion team on larger corporate efforts.
“I’m honored to take this new role and excited to work with John Landgraf, Eric Schrier and the rest of my colleagues to help FX build on its tradition of empowering diverse creative voices and championing content that celebrates understanding and inclusion,” said Ajewole. “Throughout my career, I’ve remained committed to inclusion because it’s enormously rewarding from an artistic, business and cultural level. FX has been a leader and a model for change in our industry and I’m thrilled to help us build upon that legacy.”
Said FX chairman Landgraf, “I can’t think of a better person than Shola to take this new role as we strive to be more inclusive and continue to develop programming that is more reflective of our world. We’ve had the great fortune of working closely with Shola on the legal side of our original programming, and it became very clear to me and everyone on our team that he was a perfect fit for this position. He understands our brand, has great creative instincts and is passionate about this opportunity to help us improve and diversify the FX brand and culture.”
Ajewole has been vp business affairs at FX since 2016. Prior to that he held similar posts at Fox 21 Television Studios and Fox Sports. He is a founding member of the Los Angeles chapter of 21st Century Fox Black Employee Network Group (NOIR), Walt Disney Television’s Black Business Employment Resource Group (NOIR LA) and Fox Networks Group’s Pro-Bono Counsel. He was part of the Disney Belong associate program’s class of 2019 and its 2020 executive leadership program.
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