The star of 20th Century Fox TV’s Jonathan Davis continues to rise. After being elevated from SVP to EVP Comedy Development last summer, Davis is now adding oversight of 20th TV’s animation department. All 20th TV comedy development — live-action and animated — will now be consolidated under Davis, whose new title will be EVP Comedy Development and Animation. He continues to report to studio chairmen Dana Walden and Gary Newman. Meanwhile, 20th TV’s animated comedy development head, SVP Animation Jennifer Howell, and her team will now report to Davis. “Jonnie is a tremendously skilled executive, and we wanted to utilize his talents to enhance our animation efforts in addition to our comedy development,” Walden and Newman said in a joint statement. “As we look to the years ahead, nothing is more important to this studio than finding that next big animated hit. Jonnie’s enthusiasm and excitement for creating great television shows is contagious, and we have no doubt that he and Jennifer will make a formidable team when it comes to taking our animation business to the next level.”
Since joining the studio in January 2008 as SVP Comedy, Davis oversaw the development of 20th TV’s commercial and critical hit, ABC’s 2009 comedy Modern Family; Fox’s breakout New Girl; and Fox’s Raising Hope and ABC’s Don’t Trust The B—- In Apartment 23 and Last Man Standing. This coming season he’ll have five new comedies on the air: Ben And Kate and The Goodwin Games at Fox, The New Normal and 1600 Penn at NBC, and How To Live With Your Parents (For The Rest of Your Life) at ABC. Before joining 20th TV, Davis served as VP Comedy Development and Manager of Alternative Programming at FBC.
Howell joined the studio in 2008 as SVP Animation and has overseen the department for the past four years, developing Bob’s Burgers and The Cleveland Show as well as overseeing the studio’s existing cartoon franchises. Howell came to 20th TV from Matt Stone and Trey Parker’s production company Important Films, where she served as both EVP and a supervising producer on South Park.