It may sound like a plotline from the Fox animated series “The Simpsons,” but in fact it’s an actual hire in the real world: Lisa Simpson, who shares a name with the elder daughter of the cartoon family “The Simpsons,” was named senior vice president of talent relations for Fox Entertainment.
The real-world Lisa Simpson most recently was executive director of Special Projects for Entertainment Weekly, InStyle and People magazines.
“Reporting directly to Jean Guerin, Fox Entertainment’s Executive Vice President of Publicity & Corporate Communications, Simpson will oversee the talent relations team, and provide strategic, personalized support to all of the company’s talent and their representatives,” Fox said in today’s announcement. “Taking a hand-crafted approach to the company’s relationship with the creative community, she will be responsible for managing the integration of talent across all Fox Entertainment’s initiatives — marketing and publicity campaigns, awards strategies, cross-network programming — as well as providing corporate support for the talent’s personal endeavors, from charitable events to individual interests and pursuits.”
Said Guerin: “We are committed to the creative community, and to building a meaningful home for them. Lisa’s knowledge of — and experience in — this business makes her the perfect person to help us convey those messages. As we continue to elevate the talent experience here at Fox Entertainment, I’m so pleased to have Lisa join the team.”
At EW, InStyle and People, Simpson was responsible for determining annual event strategy, industry partnerships and strategic brand initiatives within the Hollywood creative community. She also created and managed celebrity tentpole events, including red carpet and award show galas, issue celebrations and festivals; and for Entertainment Weekly specifically, she created the magazine’s Comic-Con footprint, with parties, panels and a photo studio, among other initiatives.
She was previously senior talent executive and a core launch team member for “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” instituting the Green Room and booking all of the talent who appeared on the show.