Fox Promotes Samata Narra to SVP Comedy, Two Others To Development

Fox has promoted Samata Narra to SVP Comedy Development & Programming and elevated Jonathan Gabay to VP Comedy Development & Programming. Also, Tony Tompson has been upped to VP Drama Development & Programming.

In her new role, Narra will be responsible for helping drive development efforts for the network’s comedy slate and leading comedy series coverage. She will report directly to Suzanna Makkos, Fox’s EVP Comedy Development & Programming. In her previous role as VP Comedy Development, Narra was responsible for developing and launching new live-action and animated comedy series including The Last Man On Earth, Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The Mindy Project. She also oversaw creative on the Emmy-winning toon series Bob’s Burgers.

Gabay joined Fox in 2011 as Manager of Comedy Development and subsequently was promoted to Director of Comedy Development & Programming. In this role, he was involved in the development of such series as Bob’s Burgers, Enlisted and Brooklyn Nine-Nine. Currently, Gabay oversees The Last Man On Earth, New Girl, Family Guy and The Grinder, which recently received a full-season order.

Tompson worked his way up through the ranks, beginning as an assistant in Creative Affairs at 20th Century Fox TV, moving on to Fox Broadcasting as Coordinator of Current Programming and then Director of Current Programming. In his most recent position as Director of Drama Development & Programming, Tompson was responsible for managing the development process on more than 20 drama projects annually from pitch to pilot, as well as covering current dramas such as Sleepy Hollow, Bones, Minority Report and the upcoming Houdini & Doyle.

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