Fox’s Chairman of Entertainment Kevin Reilly is to step down from his current position, Reilly and the network announced today.
Kevin Reilly is expected to remain in post through June. In the transition period, before a new Chairman of Entertainment is appointed, Reilly’s top executives will report to Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group.
Reilly has been with Fox since 2007 and was promoted to Chairman of Entertainment in 2012. In his time at Fox, Reilly led the network to five of its eight consecutive winning seasons and the network launched new hits Sleepy Hollow, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, The Following, The Mindy Project and New Girl. Prior to joining Fox, Reilly held senior positions at NBC, FX and Brad Grey Television.
“21st Century Fox is a great company that has provided me with choice seats at the head table of pop culture over two very rewarding stints both at FBC and FX, and I am grateful to have benefitted from the leadership of Peter Rice, Chase Carey and Rupert Murdoch,” said Kevin Reilly. “Peter and I have been discussing this transition for a while, and now with a robust new slate of programming for next season and strength in the FBC ranks, it felt like the timing was as right as it could be. I couldn’t be more thankful to my team – a group of creative, tireless and fun people whose fellowship I will miss.”
The exit of Reilly comes after many of his responsibilities, especially on the development side, were transferred to Fox’s Chief Operating Officer Joe Earley – who is one of the frontrunners to succeed Reilly as Chairman of Entertainment. It comes after a disappointing season for Fox, who suffered significant ratings losses. The only true success of the 2013-2014 season was Sleepy Hollow, which emerged as the breakout hit of the Fall season.