Jeffrey Glaser, 20th Century Fox TV’s former longtime current programming chief, is joining Sony Pictures TV Studios as head of current, effective September 5. He will replace Sony TV’s EVP Current Programming Kim Rozenfeld, who will leave the company when his contract is up at the end of the month. No one is commenting, but I hear Rozenfeld is in negotiations for a job at Apple, where he would rejoin his former Sony TV bosses, Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht.
Glaser’s appointment was just announced internally at Sony TV by the Office of the President: Jeff Frost, President of Sony Pictures Television Studios, and Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter, Co-Presidents. (Read their memo below.) This is the third major executive appointment for the trio since taking the reins of the studio, following the promotion of Lauren Stein to EVP and head of drama development and the hire of Andrew Plotkin as SVP Drama.
Glaser oversaw current for 20th Century Fox TV from 2003, when the department was launched with him at the helm, until he left the studio in 2015. During that time he served as SVP and subsequently EVP and oversaw such series for 20th TV as Modern Family, Glee, New Girl, American Horror Story, Raising Hope, How I Met Your Mother, 24, The X-Files, Ally McBeal, Buffy rhe Vampire Slayer and The Practice. He started off as a high school French teacher in the San Francisco area before embarking on a TV career with a development job at Alliance Prods.
Here is Frost, Parnell and Clodfelter’s note:
Today we are announcing that Jeffrey Glaser will join Sony Pictures Television Studios (SPTS) as executive vice president, U.S. current programming, overseeing the studio’s on-air series. Jeffrey will replace Kim Rozenfeld, who will be leaving SPTS at the end of the month. Jeffrey will start September 5th and report to Chris and Jason.
With over 20 years of experience in this space, Jeffrey is a talented executive and a terrific addition to our new team at SPTS. He comes to us directly from Wondery, a start-up podcast company, which he helped found and served as president of content. Prior to that he spent nearly 20 years at 20th Century Fox Television, serving as head of current programming for over half that time, guiding series to syndication sales and supervising some of television’s most iconic and acclaimed titles including 24, The X-Files, Arrested Development, Bones, Empire, Family Guy, Glee, How I Met Your Mother, and Modern Family. He also held senior positions in Fox’s drama division, overseeing the production of pilots including James Cameron’s Dark Angel and Joss Whedon’s Angel.
We want to thank Kim for his years of commitment and dedication to SPTS, and his immeasurable contributions to some of our greatest successes. We are fully supportive of Kim’s desire to start a new chapter in his career, and we wish him all the best.
We look forward to introducing Jeffrey to the team next month.
Jeff, Chris, Jason