Twentieth Century Fox Television has tapped veteran TV execs Brandon Brito and Cheryl Dolins to head up the studio’s drama and comedy teams, respectively. Brito has been named SVP Drama Development, and Dolins SVP Comedy Development. Both report to Twentieth Century Fox Television EVP of Development Michael Thorn.
“Brandon and Cheryl both have backgrounds not just as developers, but as producers as well, which makes them the ideal executives to lead our drama and comedy teams in this highly competitive environment,” said Thorn.
“Brandon has a reputation as a well-respected and aggressive creative exec, and he already has relationships and a shorthand with many of our producers. He’s done great work at Fox 21, and he couldn’t have asked for a more talented or strategic mentor than Bert Salke, who has been incredibly generous and supportive of his taking on this new assignment.”
“I first worked with Cheryl at NBC, where she led the development of some of their most significant comedies, from “30 Rock” to “The Office,” Thorn continued. “She is tremendously accomplished in the comedy space, and many companies have been trying to lure her back to the executive ranks for years. Her entrepreneurial spirit is a perfect fit for the culture of our company, so I’m thrilled that we convinced her to join us at 20th.”
Since joining Fox 21 Television Studios, where he served as Vice President of Scripted, Brito been instrumental in developing and launching series which include FX’s Tyrant and WGN’s Salem, both in their third seasons, and A&E’s Damien. He also helped develop The Residence, based on Kate Brower’s bookwhich Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black is adapting, with Kevin Spacey, Dana Brunetti, and Megyn Kelly executive producing. Over his tenure, Brito has worked closely with the studio’s overalls including Imagine Entertainment, Teakwood Lane, Temple Hill, Danny Strong, and Lee Daniels Entertainment.
Previously, Brito served as a producer and Co-Head of Television 360, the television department and production arm of Management 360 where he helped develop and sell pilots which included Royal at HBO, a half-hour comedy written by Nick Schenk (Gran Torino) and Peter Tolan (Rescue Me), and Showtime’s The Oath, a psychological-thriller from Mark Heyman (screenwriter of Black Swan).
Before joining 360, Brito was Vice President of Development at Tribeca Productions and previously served as Creative Executive at Jay Roach’s Everyman Pictures.
Dolins is returning to the executive ranks after last serving as SVP of Alloy Entertainment, where she headed all development and current programming for the company’s television department. While at Alloy, she sold projects to broadcast and cable from creators including Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble, Leonard Dick and Rob Thomas. Additionally, she oversaw all stages of production for The 100 and Pretty Little Liars.
Prior to that, she headed New York-based production company Grand Central Entertainment, and was previously SVP of Comedy Development at NBC Entertainment where she led the development of all NBC comedies including Emmy winners The Office, 30 Rock and My Name is Earl.