Fox Names Charlie Collier New Entertainment CEO, Gary Newman Leaving

Fox Names Charlie Collier New Entertainment CEO, Gary Newman Leaving

Newman will be replaced by Charlie Collier.

If many TV insiders were shocked by Collier's ascension to the ranks of programming mastermind-he started his career as an ad sales executive, working his way up to chief negotiator and president of sales at Court TV (now truTV)-his ambitions would lead him far beyond talk of ROI and audience measurement. The two have led the 20th Century Fox Television studio since 1999 and added the broadcast network to their responsibilities four years ago.

Charlie Collier, president of the AMC and SundanceTV US cable networks, has been named CEO of entertainment at Fox, the company to be spun-off after Disney's acquisition of assets from 21st Century Fox. The Fox broadcast network, including Fox News and the Fox Business Channel, will stay under control of the Murdoch family.And now Mr. Collier will take over there.

Shortly after setting up shop at AMC, Collier jumped at the chance to develop Vince Gilligan's "Breaking Bad" script, and that success was followed in short order by the record-smashing hit "The Walking Dead". While "The Walking Dead" was the highest-rated basic cable program in the history of television, "Fear the Walking Dead" and "Better Call Saul" stood as the number 1 and number 2 cable series premieres of all time in live/same day viewing. They will stay during the transition. Collier is recognized as a veteran cable network executive also having held senior roles at Oxygen, A&E Networks and TeleRep. Fox wanted a longer commitment.

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Newman is said to be considering a launch of his own venture after exiting Fox, and has already had preliminary conversations with potential financiers.

Gary Newman, now chairman and CEO of the network and its sister TV production studio, will leave Fox after the Disney deal closes. The deal is expected to clear its final regulatory hurdle in the first or second quarter of next year.

"Charlie is a singular talent, combining creative success with operational expertise to lead the AMC Network with some of television's most memorable programming", Murdoch said. "Charlie is a longtime friend and colleague and he will be inheriting a team of passionate and incredibly talented executives. This accelerated transition allows me to pursue new opportunities on my own timeline with the comfort I am leaving the network in capable hands", Newman said in his own statement. After that, Walden will become chairman of Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment.

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