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Insider: Kevin Reilly Replacement Likely to Come From Outside Fox Network (Exclusive)

6/17/2014

By Sharon Waxman
TheWrap

Fox is looking outside the network to replace Kevin Reilly, an individual with knowledge of the network's thinking has told TheWrap.

Top executives from within the Fox family including COO Joe Earley and FX President John Landgraf immediately became objects of speculation. Earley has been promoted aggressively within the network and has been there for more than a decade. Landgraf, having built shows like "Sons of Anarchy," "Justified" and most recently "Fargo," is one of the most successful programming executives in the television industry.

Read also:Kevin Reilly Exits Fox Right in the Middle of Transforming TV

But TheWrap has learned that Earley is not getting the position, and it appears that Landgraf isn't either.

Earley has relatively little programming experience. Landgraf is passionate about FX but not so much about the reality programming that is a huge part of the leading position at the Fox network.

Dana Walden, who runs Fox television studios with Gary Newman, has long been known to covet the top programming job at Fox. However, Newman is believed to be planning on retiring at the end of his next contract, which would leave Walden as the top dog at the studio.

 Also read: Don't Blame Ratings for Kevin Reilly's Departure: Fox Finished in Second, Flat Year-to-Year

Who else? Former Fox executive Gail Berman, recently separated from her partner Lloyd Braun, is one strong possibility, as is Walden.

Peter Rice is a supreme poker player, and he has not revealed his cards to his executives yet. Many were surprised at the news of Reilly's departure on Thursday, although Reilly had told people who were close with him that he was tired of the network grind and did not intend to remain through the end of his contract.

But because he is staying on until the end of June, most bets inside the network are that Rice has made his choice and is counting on a smooth transition.

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