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Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX) has elevated Shana C. Waterman to Senior Vice President, Current Programming. It was announced today by Marcy Ross, the network's Executive Vice President of Current Programming. In this role, Waterman will assume more senior responsibility in overseeing production and serving as a primary creative adviser for FOX's new and returning series. Her program slate has included GLEE, FRINGE, FAMILY GUY, AMERICAN DAD, RAISING HOPE, HOUSE and THE MINDY PROJECT. She will continue to report to Ross.
"Shana is not only a trusted creative partner to our talent, but also a dynamic and inspiring leader within our company," said Ross. "Her fresh thinking and sharp creative instincts make her a tremendous asset to our programming leadership team."
Previously Vice President of Current Programming, Ms. Waterman took a lead role in producing the company's inaugural Seizing Opportunities Forum, spurring dialogue among FOX's creative partners about shifting audience demographics. In addition, she spearheaded the FOX Innovators Group (FIG), the network's internal think tank-style program designed to foster entrepreneurial thinking and innovation among employees.
"Shana is a top-flight programming executive and a self-starter, as evidenced by the resounding success of the FOX Innovators Program. She executed above and beyond on every level," said Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.
Prior to joining FOX as Director of Current Programming in 2006, Ms. Waterman was a Manager of Development at Timberman/Beverly Productions. In addition to her work in television, Ms. Waterman has sustained her ongoing interest in theater. She completed several years of service as a board member and former chair of Los Angeles-based Cornerstone Theater Company and has worked as a consultant to New Haven's Tony Award-winning Long Wharf Theatre. She also served as a senior researcher for playwright/actor Anna Deavere Smith, and in that capacity participated in Harvard University's Institute on the Arts and Civic Dialogue. Ms. Waterman produced the play "Ah-Ha Moments," which was nominated for an NAACP Excellence in Theater Award. Currently, she serves on the Board of the New York Foundation for the Arts. Ms. Waterman is a graduate of Yale College and Yale Law School.
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