UPDATED: Following the recent promotion of Peter Rice to Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly has been elevated to the post once occupied by Rice — Chairman of Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Co. As part of the promotion, Reilly has signed a new, multi-year contract with the network, believed to be for three years. In addition to all programming — including reality/alternative — and digital, Reilly also will oversee scheduling, marketing, research, and business affairs, areas that for the most part had reported to Rice. “Kevin is a uniquely gifted executive with the strong strategic vision and creative instincts to ensure that Fox continues to drive the future of our industry,” said Rice. “We are incredibly fortunate to have him here and thrilled he will be with us for many more years.” The title bump solidifies Reilly’s new position as the top executive at Fox. As entertainment president, he worked under Peter Liguori from 2007-09 and then Rice who both served as Fox Entertainment chairmen. (Rice’s duties were expanded in 2010 when he was upped to Chairman of Entertainment for Fox Networks Group, overseeing both Fox and FX.)
Since joining Fox in 2007, Reilly has presided over the lineup of Fox, which has finished as No. 1 network among Adults 18-49 for a record eight consecutive seasons, though its reign may come to an end next season when CBS has the Super Bowl. The series Reilly has put on the air include Glee, New Girl and The X Factor. Reilly also was the architect behind the recently launched Animation Domination HD – an independent production subsidiary now ramping up production on alternative animation for digital channels and a late-night Saturday block on FOX. Before Fox, Reilly was president of entertainment at NBC, where he introduced such series as The Office, The Biggest Loser, Heroes, Friday Night Lights and 30 Rock, and at FX, where he put on The Shield and Nip/Tuck.