Speaker Biography

Dana Walden 

CompanyFox Television Group
TitleCo-Chairman & CEO
BioDana Walden and Gary Newman oversee Fox Television Group, a consortium of media and content creation companies which includes the broadcast network Fox Broadcasting Company (FBC); the broadcast and cable production studios 20th Century Fox Television (TCFTV) and Fox 21 Television Studios; the licensing division, Fox Consumer Products; and syndication supplier of off-network programming, Twentieth Television.

They were named Presidents of 20th Century Fox Television in 1999, and in the 17 years since, have grown the company into a powerhouse content provider which has dominated the awards races, reimagined the boundaries of television storytelling and broken new business models which have been adopted the industry over.

In July, 2014, the two were named Chairmen and CEOs of the Fox Television Group, which added the FOX network to their portfolio. Since they’ve taken the reins, the network has launched hit series such as EMPIRE (the No. 1 series on all of broadcast), GOTHAM, LUCIFER, and THE LAST MAN ON EARTH, changed the game for TV musical events with the Emmy Award-winning GREASE: LIVE, and brought back THE X-FILES, which premiered to more than 50 million viewers worldwide. This season, they will return the worldwide franchise PRISON BREAK as an event series, and will debut a new take on the 24 franchise entitled 24: LEGACY.

At the studio, Walden and Newman delivered hit after hit, from the most celebrated new series of the year in NBC’S THIS IS US to ABC’s No 1. series and multiple Emmy winner MODERN FAMILY, to global sensation 24, to HOMELAND which took home the Golden Globe and multiple Emmys for best drama. They created the successful cable production unit Fox 21 Television Studios, which in addition to HOMELAND produces the Emmy Award-nominated drama series THE AMERICANS and the Emmy Award-winning anthology series THE PEOPLE V. OJ SIMPSON: AMERICAN CRIME STORY. The studio’s content now reaches more than a billion people every day across the world; in as many as 180 countries, across six continents, in 30 different languages.

Walden began her career at the public relations firm Bender, Goldman & Helper, before joining Fox to rise through the ranks in roles that ranged from communications to programming. She ultimately served as Executive Vice President of Drama before being named head of the studio in 1999.

Newman got his start as an attorney with Lillick, McHose & Charles, and worked at Columbia Pictures Television and NBC in legal and business affairs roles before joining Fox. He last served as the studio’s Executive Vice President and top ranking business officer before being partnered with Walden as studio chiefs.

They recently were named MIPCOM’s “Personalities of the Year,” were inducted into Broadcasting & Cable’s Television Hall of Fame, were named 2013’s “Showman of the Year” by Variety and 2011’s Television Showman of the Year by the Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild. They have been honored by the Alliance for Children’s Rights, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, the Los Angeles Free Clinic and the Legal Aid Society. Walden sits on the Board of Directors for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Saban Free Clinic, and Newman is a member of the Los Angeles Board of Governors of the Paley Center for Media and serves on the boards of the Hollywood Radio & Television Society, the Alliance for Children’s Rights, Chrysalis, the Jewish Television Network and UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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