FOX Entertainment unveils a new structure with a three-pillar focus

Fernando Szew and Michael Thorn were promoted to Head of FOX Entertainment Studios and President of FOX Television Network. Allison Wallach Expands Purview will oversee Global Unscripted Programming for FOX Entertainment Studios.

1 APR 2024

Rob Wade & Fernando Szew

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FOX Entertainment CEO Rob Wade announced a new structure that will shape the company's creative and business operations as it sets to deliver on global growth strategies across its three key pillars of studio entertainment, television, and streaming platforms, as well as worldwide sales and licensing. The new FOX Entertainment will consist of three primary business segments: FOX Entertainment Studios, the FOX Television Network, and FOX Entertainment Global. Fernando Szew, who has been named head of FOX Entertainment Studios, and Michael Thorn, president of the FOX Television Network, have been elevated to new senior leadership roles within this structure. Both report directly to Wade.

Regarding the announcement, Wade added: "Under this new structure, every division of FOX Entertainment is now poised for growth and creative excellence as we super-serve our audiences everywhere. Now the work begins."

Szew, Founding Partner and CEO of MarVista Entertainment and FOX Entertainment Global, now leads FOX Entertainment Studios. Under this banner, FOX Entertainment consolidates all of its studio business engines globally, including the Emmy Award-winning animation studio Bento Box Entertainment, which produces FOX's animated series "Krapopolis," "Grimsburg," and "Bob's Burgers," as well as series for numerous third-party platforms, including Prime Video, Apple TV+, Hulu and Netflix, among others; FOX Alternative Entertainment (FAE), home to cultural juggernaut "The Masked Singer;" FOX scripted studios, creator of FOX's first owned live-action comedy "Animal Control;" MarVista Entertainment, one of the most prolific made-for-platform movie producers in the world; Studio Ramsay Global, launched in partnership with Gordon Ramsay; and Harvey Levin's entertainment studio TMZ.

In addition, Allison Wallach expands her purview over the company's growing portfolio of FOX-owned content, joining Szew's team as Head of Global Unscripted Programming for FOX Entertainment Studios and leading all creative and production for the division's full scope of unscripted entertainment. This includes several new global formats owned and produced by FAE, such as "Beat My Mini-Mes" (TF1/France), "Marriage Market" (ProSieben/Germany), and "Celebrity Masterpiece" (Workpoint/Thailand), among others.

Thorn most recently was President, Scripted Programming for FOX Entertainment. In leading the FOX Television Network, and in close collaboration with Szew, he will manage the network's scripted, unscripted, and casting teams led by Brooke Bowman, Executive Vice President, Drama Programming and Development; Cheryl Dolins, Senior Vice President, Comedy and Animation Programming and Development; Yasmin Rawji, Executive Vice President, Unscripted; and Brittany Roberts, Senior Vice President, Casting, respectively. He will also continue his long-standing involvement in FOX's animated properties, remaining a Bento Box Entertainment Steering Committee member.

FOX Entertainment's worldwide content sales unit, FOX Entertainment Global (FEG), will be led on an interim basis by Tony Vassiliadis, Executive Vice President of FEG, who will report directly to Wade. Vassiliadis will continue to run FEG until a new leader is named, at which point he will transition into a new senior role at FOX Entertainment.