Following the departure of alternative programming head Mike Darnell back on May 24, a source close to the situation tells The Hollywood Reporter that the network has appointed one of its own to step in and oversee American Idol and X Factor.
David Hill, a senior executive Vice President at News Corp. and a longtime fixture at Fox, where he ran Fox Sports Media Group, helped launch Fox Sports Japan, and advised for the company, will take on a network-producer relationship with the network's two singing competition shows. David will serve as the network’s point person for the producers and will search for someone to take Mike's place in running reality programming overall.
Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group Peter Rice and Fox Entertainment chairman Kevin Reilly reportedly chose David because of his experience with live events. "They see a strong transition in David. These shows are well-oiled machines in some cases," a source said. "He’ll serve as the main person from the network who’ll focus on them while a new as-yet-undetermined reality head will focus on development while getting up to speed on everything already in production and the pipeline."
David's skills with revolutionizing the sports-viewing experience could prove handy when it comes to season 13 of Idol.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter