The network has changed, but the title’s the same.
Less than two months after he was pushed out of NBC, Kevin Reilly is back in the entertainment president’s chair — but this time at Fox.
To make room for Reilly, current entertainment topper Peter Liguori has been bumped up to Fox Entertainment chairman; both moves were expected (Daily Variety, July 6). New arrangement will mimic the Liguori-Reilly one-two punch the duo offered at FX until Reilly left for NBC in 2003.
Also moving in the shuffle: longtime Fox exec VP Craig Erwich, who is ankling the net but could still wind up elsewhere in the Fox family.
For Liguori, who engineered the whole reorg, it’s an opportunity to move up and focus more on his strengths — managing the net’s big-picture programming, marketing and interactive initiatives — and leave the day-to-day development to Reilly, an exec lauded for his creative chops.
And for Reilly it’s a chance to go from worst to first — having been pushed out of the fourth-rated broadcast web only to land at the top-rated one.
“I feel like I’ve won the lotto somehow,” Reilly said.
Word of Reilly’s courtship at Fox first came last week in the midst of Independence Day — marking the second time this summer that Reilly dominated the TV gossip during what would have been a lazy holiday period. Reilly’s ouster at NBC, in which the Peacock installed Ben Silverman to serve as co-chairman with Marc Graboff, happened over Memorial Day weekend.