There is a major change afoot at Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution – the international distribution arm that handles global sales for titles owned by Fox’s myriad production companies including 20th Century Fox Television, Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions.
Steve Cornish, who has been with the company since 1986, is retiring as the head of the European division. In his three decades with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, he oversaw international distribution for a wide range of shows including 24, The X-Files, The Simpsons and Prison Break.
Sky’s former Head of Acquisitions David Smyth, currently Senior Vice-President of Sales and Development for TCFTVD, will replace Cornish as Senior Vice-President & Managing Director, Europe. This is the second promotion for Smyth in as many years and comes after he was appointed SVP of Sales & Development last year, with a focus on securing co-production opportunities for the studio.
In his new role as Managing Director, Smyth, who will continue to be based out of the company’s London office, will be responsible for the overall, day-to-day operations of the division as well as distribution activity and expansion of business relationships with broadcasters across Europe and Russia. He will continue to work with TCFTVD production executives in developing co-production opportunities for new, original content to air in the US and around the world.
“I am thrilled to be given this new opportunity and I am excited to continue working with our outstanding team in London”, David Smyth said in a statement. “It has been a huge privilege to work with Steve, who is so admired and highly-respected. I will use my experience and build on the wonderful relationships we’ve developed over the years to grow our operations further.”
“David is a respected and accomplished executive who has more than 20 years of experience in the television industry. He has made tremendous contributions to the company since joining our London office”, added Marion Edwards, President of Internationa Television for Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. “We are confident that under his leadership, our dedicated team in London will continue to expand our business efforts throughout some of the world’s most important territories. We are pleased to recognize David’s achievements with this well-deserved promotion.”