Veteran TV executive Dan Harrison is joining Fox as EVP Scheduling. He will oversee the network’s program planning and scheduling, reporting to entertainment president Kevin Reilly. Harrison succeeds Fox’s long-time scheduling chief Preston Beckman, who earlier this month announced he would segue into an advisory role as Senior Strategist at Fox Network Group. Harrison spent the last two years at CBS Corp as SVP Strategic Development and previously served as SVP Emerging Networks for NBC Universal Cable, where he oversaw channels Sleuth and Chiller and was responsible for managing Universal HD as well as operations for NBC 2Go, CNBC 2Go and MSNBC 2Go. “Dan is not only a proven strategic scheduling executive, but he also brings invaluable expertise in emerging networks to Fox,” Reilly said. “With his program planning experience across broadcast, cable and sports entertainment, and his background in digital and mobile platforms, Dan is the ideal guy to step into this role as we continue to drive the industry forward.”
Harrison started out in scheduling as manager, program planning and development at UPN and director and VP of program planning and scheduling at NBC, where he worked under Beckman. “While at NBC I hired Dan to be my sidekick and I am thrilled that he was interested in reuniting,” Beckman said. “Dan is passionate about television and a true broadcaster.” Harrison’s resume also includes stints as a program planning executive at Bravo and Fox Sports. He began his career in the Fox family, in the Creative Services Group of Twentieth Century Fox TV syndication and subsequently served as a programming analyst at Twentieth TV.