Speaker Profile – Dana Walden
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Dana Walden and Gary Newman oversee Fox Television Group, a consortium of media and content creation companies, which includes broadcast network Fox Broadcasting Company (FBC); broadcast and cable production studios 20th Century Fox Television (TCFTV) and Fox 21 Television Studios; licensing division 20th Century Fox Consumer Products; and syndication supplier of off-network programming, Twentieth Television.
They were named Presidents of 20th Century Fox Television in 1999, and in the 17 years since, have grown the company into a powerhouse content provider which has dominated the awards races, reimagined the boundaries of television storytelling and broken new business models which have been adopted the industry over.
In July 2014, the two were named Chairmen and CEOs of the Fox Television Group, which added the FOX network to their portfolio. Since they’ve taken the reins, the network has launched hit series such as EMPIRE, THE MICK, LETHAL WEAPON, GOTHAM, STAR, LUCIFER and THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, changed the game for TV musical events with the Emmy Award-winning GREASE: LIVE, and brought back THE X-FILES, which premiered to more than 50 million viewers worldwide. This season, they will debut six new scripted series, including THE GIFTED, THE ORVILLE and GHOSTED, and return THE X-FILES event series for a second installment.
At the studio, Walden and Newman delivered hit after hit, from last season’s most celebrated new series in NBC’s “This Is Us”; to ABC’s No. 1 series and multiple Emmy Award winner, “Modern Family”; to global sensation “24”; to the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning drama “Homeland.” They created the industry’s largest cable production unit in Fox 21 Television Studios, which in addition to “Homeland,” produces the Emmy Award-nominated drama series “The Americans,” and the Emmy Award-winning anthology series “American Crime Story.” The studio’s content now reaches more than a billion people every day across the world; in as many as 180 countries, across six continents, in 30 different languages.
Walden began her career at the public relations firm Bender, Goldman & Helper, before joining Fox to rise through the ranks in roles that ranged from communications to programming. She ultimately served as Executive Vice President of Drama before being named head of the studio in 1999.
Newman got his start as an attorney with Lillick, McHose & Charles, and worked at Columbia Pictures Television and NBC in legal and business affairs roles before joining Fox. He last served as the studio’s Executive Vice President and top-ranking business officer before being partnered with Walden as studio chiefs.
In January 2017, Walden and Newman received NATPE’s Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award for their contribution to the industry. They were named MIPCOM’s “Personalities of the Year,” were inducted into Broadcasting & Cable’s Television Hall of Fame, were named “Showmen of the Year” by Variety and Television Showmen of the Year by the Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild. They have been honored by the Alliance for Children’s Rights, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Los Angeles Free Clinic and the Legal Aid Society. Walden sits on the Board of Directors for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Saban Free Clinic. Newman is a member of the Los Angeles Board of Governors of the Paley Center for Media and serves on the boards of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society, the Alliance for Children’s Rights, Chrysalis, the Jewish Television Network and UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.