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Fox hires for animation, comedy

US network Fox Entertainment has appointed two new senior VPs in their comedy and animation departments.

Julia Franz

Television veteran Julia Franz has been named as senior VP for comedy and will oversee all comedy production and development for the network.

Franz previously held the role of head of development at Charter-owned Spectrum Originals, as well as serving as a junior programming executive and head of creative in the past.

Fox had been without senior comedy executives since April when both Suzanna Makkos, head of comedy, programming and development, and Jonathan Gabay, senior VP for comedy development and programming, left. Makkos subsequently joined WarnerMedia.

Daniel Weidenfeld

Meanwhile, Daniel Weidenfeld joins Fox as its new senior VP for animation and will be responsible for all animated content and production for Fox and third-party platforms.

Weidenfeld has featured as a writer and producer across a number of series for Adult Swim over the past decade and also served as VP of content development, TV and new media at ad agency Generate.

Michael Thron, president of Fox Entertainment, said: “Both Julia and Daniel are fantastic executives with tremendous relationships throughout the creative community. As Fox Entertainment doubles down on our commitment both to live-action and animated comedy, these two executives will play key roles in these initiatives.”

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