Fox Networks Group has named David Lyle (pictured) as president of Fox Look, a new business unit dealing in the international licensing and production of unscripted programming from Fox Broadcasting Company and Fox Cable Networks.
The new division will license formats internationally, form partnerships with international production companies to produce unscripted formats, or establish new production shingles in various international territories to create local versions of hot American properties. The new unit will also assume management of the formats currently in the Twentieth Century Fox library, including Temptation Island, Beauty and the Geek, My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé, and Celebrity Spelling Bee. Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution will now work primarily with scripted programming.
Lyle will report to FNG chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra and will work closely with Marion Edwards, president of international television. ‘There is a strong demand for this type of content internationally and Fox Look was created to maximize our footprint in this ever-growing category,’ said Vinciquerra. ‘David Lyle is an expert in the international format business and his passion for the industry will provide us with a tremendous advantage.’
‘It’s great to have a distribution arm dedicated solely to our shows,’ added Mike Darnell, president of alternative programming at Fox Broadcasting Company. ‘I’m encouraged that our hits will be enjoyed by millions of additional viewers.’
Lyle, most recently president of Fox Reality Channel, has a career in television that stretches across 25 years, including time spent as president of entertainment at FremantleMedia North America, worldwide head of acquisition and development at Pearson Television, and as head of development at Australia’s Nine Network. ‘Unscripted programming provides compelling entertainment that’s very cost effective,’ said Lyle about the establishment of Fox Look. ‘As international television networks, and their needs for programming, continue to grow, Fox Look will be uniquely positioned to meet that demand.’