In light of the departure of Fox’s EVP programming Matt Cherniss and the network’s decision to eliminate the EVP position, Fox is boosting its comedy and drama development ranks.
Suzanna Makkos and Marcus Wiley, who had been co-heading Fox’s comedy department as VPs, have both been promoted to SVP comedy development and will continue to jointly oversee the comedy department. VP Terence Carter, who had been co-heading the drama department with VP Lindsay Sloane, has been promoted to SVP drama development and the sole head of Fox’s drama department. Carter, Makkos and Wiley, whose contracts were up, used to report to Cherniss and will now report directly to Fox entertainment president Kevin Reilly. (Sloane, whose contract is up in the summer, will continue as VP drama development for the time being.) Additionally, Fox will hire a total four new development execs to more than double the comedy and drama departments’ current headcount of lower-level execs under Makkos, Wiley and Carter.
While Fox had a strong 2010-11 season, which launched hit dramedy Glee, this season’s scripted series have largely underperformed. Greg Garcia’s moderately rated comedy Raising Hope has shown the most potential and has already been renewed for next season. Fall entries Lone Star and Running Wilde have already been canceled, while midseason series The Chicago Code and Traffic Light are off to a slow start.