Founding Fox 21 executive Jane Francis has signed a new deal with 20th Century Fox Television’s cable production company. As part of the multiyear pact, she has been promoted to EVP. Francis will continue to work under Fox 21 president Bert Salke, overseeing comedy, drama and animation development for the division whose focus is on scripted series for cable and unscripted programming for all networks. “Jane is an incredibly talented executive and someone I rely on greatly as we look to continue to grow Fox 21,” Salke said. “Writers absolutely adore her, and so do I.”
Francis is a 15-year 20th TV veteran. She worked in the studio’s drama department until 2004 when Fox 21 was launched and she was assigned to run it as its first SVP. At Fox 21, Francis has worked on such series as FX’s Sons Of Anarchy, Showtime’s Homeland and the CW’s Beauty and the Geek. She also worked on company’s expansion into animation, resulting in the upcoming Brickleberry series for Comedy Central created by Daniel Tosh.