A veteran TV executive who knows his way around Fox is in negotiations with 21st Century Fox to lead Fox Broadcasting through what is expected to be a transition period once the company’s deal with the Walt Disney Co. is finalized. Variety reports that Gary Newman is in talks for the job.
Newman has been running 21st Century Fox Television along with his executive partner Dana Walden for almost two decades. Variety reports that a deal for Newman to remain with the so-called “New Fox” would mark the end of his partnership with Walden, who is expected to join Disney in a leadership role within the linear television division — as is 21st Century Fox President Peter Rice.
The acquisition by Disney of the bulk of Fox’s entertainment assets, including 21st Century Fox Television, is expected to be completed next year, Variety notes.
“Official announcements from Disney regarding Walden and Rice, and from Fox regarding Newman, are expected within the next week,” Variety reports, adding: “Newman and Walden currently serve as co-heads of Fox Television Group, overseeing 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Broadcasting.”