Julia Franz steps down as Fox Comedy senior vice president, Cheryl Dolins steps in

Cheryl Dolins has been named the new senior vice president of programming and comedy development at Fox Entertainment, replacing Julia Franz, who held the position for three years.

The executive shakeup has been in the works for some time and is unrelated to the surprise departure of Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier to Roku last week. Franz will remain with the company as a consultant on the “Animal Control” and “Welcome to Flatch” comedies in a network and studio creative capacity, as well as until production ends next spring.

Based in Los Angeles and reporting to Chairman Michael Thorn, Dolins will be responsible for overseeing the development and production of the company’s growing slate of comedies, which includes upcoming single-camera “Animal Control,” the first live-action comedy of Fox; “Welcome to Flatch,” from executive producers Jenny Bicks and Paul Feig and multi-camera comedy “Call Me Kat,” starring and produced by Mayim Bialik.

“Having worked with Cheryl both on the network and in the studio throughout our careers, I have always been amazed by her ability to identify and direct an impressive lineup of high-end comedies that have left their mark on the television landscape,” Thorn said in a statement. “I look forward to working with her again as we further grow FOX Entertainment’s comedy portfolio.”

Franz joined Fox Entertainment in 2019, where she went on to develop “Call Me Kat” and past comedies “Pivoting” and “The Moodys.”

Thorn added, “Julia was a pivotal player for us during those important and founding years of FOX Entertainment. The crucial groundwork she laid will serve us well in the years to come; and having it on board with ‘Animal Control’ and ‘Welcome to Flatch’ helps ensure our continued path to success.

Most recently, Dolins served as Senior Vice President of Comedy Development for 20th Television from 2016-2020, where she crossed paths with and worked with Thorn. There she led the development of all studio comedies for streaming, broadcast and cable, including Hulu’s “Only Murders in the Building”, “The Wonder Years” and “Single Parents” for ABC and “Doogie Kamealoha, MD” and the upcoming “Santas Clauses” for Disney+.

Prior to this role, she was Senior Vice President of Television Development and Production at Warner Bros.-based Alloy Entertainment. Television, responsible for all development and current programming, including “You,” The CW’s “The 100” and ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars.” .” From 2007 to 2013, she served as president of Grand Central Entertainment. The veteran executive has also held numerous positions at NBC, including SVP of Comedy Development for NBC Entertainment, where she led all of the network’s comedies, including Emmy winners ‘The Office’, ’30 Rock’. and “My Name is Earl”. She began her career producing the iconic comedies ‘Cheers’ and ‘Frasier’.

Deadline first broke the news.