21st Century Fox Realigns TV Syndication & Distribution Business


NEW YORK: 21st Century Fox has realigned its TV syndication and distribution unit Twentieth Television, formerly part of Fox Television Stations, under Twentieth Century Fox Television, the company’s television production studio.

Twentieth Television will continue to be led by Greg Meidel as president, who will now report to Gary Newman and Dana Walden, the chairmen of Twentieth Century Fox Television. Meidel and his team at Twentieth Television will continue to handle all domestic broadcast and cable television syndication, distribution and barter deals for Twentieth Century Fox Television’s broad slate of hit shows, including Modern Family, New Girl and The Simpsons as well as Fox 21’s Homeland and Fox Television Studios’ The Americans, among others. Additionally, Twentieth Television will manage distribution for Twentieth Century Fox Film’s motion picture library, as well as shows produced by FX Productions and Fox Television Stations.

Fox Television Stations will continue to develop and produce first-run programming. This will now be overseen by Stephen Brown, the executive VP of programming and development. Brown will be reporting to Jack Abernethy, the CEO of Fox Television Stations.

“This reorganization underscores the changing landscape of the syndication TV business, more closely aligning the distribution of our shows with our content creators,” said Chase Carey, the president and COO of 21st Century Fox. “I am confident that Greg will continue to be a driving force in capturing revenue opportunities for the programming we produce, including Twentieth Century Fox Television powerhouse brands like Glee and Modern Family.”

Carey added, “Fox Television Stations has achieved great success over the recent years and built a real position of leadership, expanding its footprint in key markets and bringing innovative programming to its millions of loyal viewers with investments in first-run production as well as news, live event TV and talk.”