Fox Broadcasting has created a new executive position devoted to boosting diversity in its programming and has tapped former UPN executive Ron Taylor to fill it.
Taylor will serve as VP of Diverse Programming and Content for the network. He’ll be charged with "developing scripts that feature diverse themes or are written by diverse writers, and will provide input on other Fox scripted projects," the network said.
He reports to Matt Cherniss, Fox’s EVP of programming.
“By integrating diversity efforts more directly into our development process, Fox can deliver even more relatable, relevant shows to our viewers," Cherniss said, noting Taylor’s "unique eye for strong, diverse writing and directing talent."
Taylor most recently was VP of diversity development for Fox Entertainment, a division-wide role that had him working for both the network and Fox’s TV production units.
He was one of the early executive hires at UPN, working there from 1994-1997. He’s also held gigs at Warner Bros. and Disney, as well as VP of development and current programming for what’s now Sony Pictures Television.