David Ellison‘s film production and financing company Skydance is entering the TV business with the May 1 launch of a television division, Skydance TV. It will be headed by former senior Fox executive Marcy Ross, who will serve as president of Skydance TV. The expansion into TV is part of Skydance’s rapid growth over the past three years. The company was founded by Ellison, son of Oracle founder Larry Ellison, in 2010 when he raised $350 million to co-finance movies with Paramount Pictures that has resulted in such films as Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Jack Reacher, G.I. Joe: Retaliation and the upcoming World War Z and Star Trek Into Darkness. Ross spent the last decade at Fox as SVP and EVP of Current Programming. She has led the network team that oversees all new and returning scripted series, including newcomer The Following, veterans Bones, Family Guy and The Simpsons as well as American Dad, Glee, New Girl, Raising Hope and Touch. “During her tenure at Fox, Marcy has developed and produced some of the best shows on television that have entertained audiences around the world,” Skydance president and CEO Ellison said. “We are thrilled to welcome her into the Skydance family to help pioneer our entrance into this wonderful medium of storytelling.”
Ross, a well-liked executive, recently opted not to renew her contract at Fox to return to content creation. “When I met David and the Skydance team, I knew I had found the creative partner I was looking for,” said Ross. “I am so impressed with the success that David, Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are achieving in the feature film side and I trust that once we open our doors wide to the television community, we will find the same success building a fun, nurturing place to create programming.”
While Skydance is partnered with Paramount on the feature side, Skydance TV will operate as an independent production company.
Before joining Fox, Ross worked at Studios USA as SVP Comedy Programming, supervising the development of the company’s comedy series including The Jim Gaffigan Show for CBS; at the The Jim Henson Co. as SVP Creative Affairs; and at Sandollar TV as VP, where she helped develop Buffy The Vampire Slayer.