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Fox’s Meidel exits post-Disney deal

Disney’s acquisition of 21st Century Fox has resulted in the exit of another senior exec, with the president of Twentieth Television leaving the newly combined company.

Greg Meidel had overseen Fox’s sales division since 2009 after adding the role to his remit of president of MyNetworkTV, a position he initially took up in 2007.

Twentieth Television moved to the Mouse House as part of Disney’s US$71bn deal for Fox’s entertainment assets, completed earlier this week, while MyNetworkTV remained at Fox.

Meidel oversaw first-run sales, development and off-network sales, working on shows such as Modern Family and The Simpsons. He previously worked as president at Twentieth Television between 1992 and 1995, having a stint at Universal Television before returning to Fox in the 2000s.

Disney had already made a number of significant management changes ahead of the completion of its Fox deal, alongside a restructuring of its international arm.

Peter Rice, previously 21st Century Fox group president and chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, has become chairman of Walt Disney Television and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks.

Former Fox Television Group CEO Dana Walden has taken up the new role of chairman, Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment. Disney’s direct-to-consumer and international arm has also named its key executives, headed by Kevin Mayer.

The takeover is expected to result in widespread job losses, with analysts predicting around 4,000 cuts as the two US media giants merge their operations.


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