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Gail Berman to head up new Fox content accelerator SideCar

Fox Entertainment is launching a new company, SideCar, headed by Gail Berman, to serve as a “content development accelerator.” The new unit will identify and incubate content for the Fox network ...
February 7, 2019

Fox Entertainment is launching a new company, SideCar, headed by Gail Berman, to serve as a “content development accelerator.”

The new unit will identify and incubate content for the Fox network and its third-party platforms.

Berman’s (pictured) remit will include scripted and unscripted programming meant to compliment and work alongside Fox’s existing slate. Fox will retain ownership of all series that originate under the SideCar banner.

Berman was president of Paramount Pictures from 2005 to 2007 and was Fox’s entertainment president for five years before that.

She is currently chairman and CEO of the Jackal Group, a production studio she founded that works on scripted and unscripted content. The Jackal Group is a co-venture with Fox Networks Group.

“The beauty of a SideCar is that the riders are literally headed in the same direction, and having Gail Berman riding shotgun is about as good as it gets,” said Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier in a statement. “Michael Thorn, Rob Wade and their teams have Fox firing on all cylinders. So, extending their reach and allowing creators another door through which to access our brands, business and executives is the right strategic move at the time we need it. I’m a great admirer of Gail’s work as both a producer and executive. The respect she commands, her impeccable taste and the meaningful relationships she’s amassed will help fuel Fox Entertainment with quality programming and allow Michael and Rob an even greater palate from which to paint. Everybody wins.”

“Charlie’s innovative, intelligent approach and operational track record is a winning combo, and there is no one better to lead the charge at the reimagined Fox. With Fox Entertainment, he is ultimately delivering content creators with an environment where they can develop fresh material, and deliver audiences with high quality options across platforms,” added Berman.

(Photo courtesy of the Jackal Group)

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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