Kevin Reilly (pictured), chairman of entertainment at Fox, is stepping down from the company at the end of June, the U.S. net has revealed.
During the transition period and before the company appoints a replacement, Reilly’s senior executives will report to Peter Rice, chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group.
Reilly, who joined Fox in 2007, was named chairman of entertainment in 2012. He previously served as president of entertainment at NBC, where he introduced shows such as The Biggest Loser and The Office. Prior to NBC, Reilly worked at FX, where he oversaw a slate of series including The Shield and Nip/Tuck.
Reilly will be inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame in October.
“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 Fox Broadcasting Company and FX, and I am grateful to have benefitted from the leadership of Peter Rice, Chase Carey and Rupert Murdoch,” said Reilly in a statement.
“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 Fox Broadcasting Company ranks, it felt like the timing was as right as it could be,” he added. “I couldn’t be more thankful to my team – a group of creative, tireless and fun people whose fellowship I will miss.”
Rice added: “Kevin and I have been discussing his desire for a new challenge for some time, so while everyone at the network will miss his enthusiasm for adventurous television, we all respect his decision and agreed that after the upfront presentation was the right time. I’m personally extremely grateful to Kevin for his partnership during the past five years and look forward to working with him again in the future.”