EXCLUSIVE: It took a week from when we first broke news that Tony Sella was heading for the exits at Fox, but the move has just been made official. Studio chief Jim Gianopulos just issued an internal memo. Sella will stay on as creative advisor till his contract is up. The 20th Century Fox Film chief creative officer made the move after the department was restructured and marketing chief Oren Aviv was ousted. Paul Hanneman and Tomas Jegeus were promoted by Gianopulos to be co-Presidents of Worldwide Theatrical Marketing & Distribution. Under the new structure, both the domestic and international marketing and distribution teams will report to Jegeus and Hanneman. Sella began making noises about leaving within days.

I am saddened to advise that after 23 years at Fox, Tony Sella has decided to leave when his current contract expires in a few months. I know many of us share in the disappointment to lose from our ranks a longtime friend and colleague like Tony, and we will miss the day-to-day interaction with him. As a professional, I’ll miss his unique creative genius and style, and his commitment to his work and the company’s success. As his friend, I’ll miss his humor, his generosity of spirit, and the fun of hanging around his office.

For Tony though, I’m happy that after years of many successful but intense marketing campaigns and stressful deadlines, he will now have the chance to explore other passions and opportunities, and continue to embrace his artistic spirit. In the interim, I’m pleased that for the next few months Tony will be remaining with Fox as a creative advisor, and I look forward to calling on his wise counsel in the months ahead.

Whatever he chooses to do next, we all know that Tony will commence this new chapter of his life with the same passion and dedication he’s displayed during his time at Fox. Working alongside him has been an honor and a privilege, and I know you join me in wishing him the best in all that lies ahead.