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Mere weeks ahead of the fall season, Fox Broadcasting Co.’s Kevin Reilly has been elevated to chairman of entertainment.
In his new role, Reilly will oversee all programming, including reality, as well as scheduling, marketing, research, digital and business affairs at the network.
“Kevin is a uniquely gifted executive with the strong strategic vision and creative instincts to ensure that Fox continues to drive the future of our industry,” said Peter Rice, who was recently promoted to chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group. “We are incredibly fortunate to have him here and thrilled he will be with us for many more years.”
During Reilly’s five-year tenure, Fox has extended its reign as the top-rated network among the coveted 18-to-49 demo to a record eight consecutive seasons, thanks to such series as Glee and New Girl — both greenlighted on his watch — as well as longer-running juggernaut American Idol. He is credited as the architect behind the recently relaunched Animation Domination HD, an independent production subsidiary now ramping up production to generate alternative animation for digital channels and a late-night block on Fox.
“I am grateful to Peter for extending my role at Fox, where I’m inspired every day by the incredible leadership of Joe Earley, Mike Darnell and our entire team at the network, as well as the leadership above us at News Corporation,” added Reilly of a position once held by Rice. “This is a transformative time in our industry — one that presents huge opportunities — and we intend for Fox, and all of our programming, to remain the gold standard for innovation.”
Prior to joining Fox, Reilly serve as NBC’s entertainment chief from 2004 to 2007. During that time, he developed such series as The Office, Friday Night Lights and 30 Rock. Before that, he launched seminal shows including The Shield and Ryan Murphy’s Nip/Tuck at FX.
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