Monday, June 22, 2009


Fox is expanding its development ranks to include an exec devoted to diversity. Ron Taylor has been tapped to serve as vice president of diverse programming and content for Fox, according to Variety.

As part of his new gig, Taylor will now be charged with identifying and developing scripts with diversity themes, or are written by scribes with diverse backgrounds. He'll also advise other Fox scripted projects on how to expand a diversity presence to those comedies and dramas.

Taylor reports to Fox programming exec VP Matt Cherniss, who will announce the appointment on Monday.

"Ron has been a key partner to our programming team for many years and possesses a unique eye for strong, diverse writing and directing talent," Cherniss said. "By integrating diversity efforts more directly into our development process, Fox can deliver even more relatable, relevant shows to our viewers."

Taylor previously served as VP of diversity development for Fox Entertainment, helping work to adding more diverse voices both on- and off-screen.

But the new job now brings Taylor inside Fox's program development team, and is "part of a company-wide effort to embed diversity expertise more deeply across (the network's) creative teams.

Taylor was one of the original creative execs at UPN; his credits also include serving as a development/current programming exec at Columbia TriStar TV, working on series such as "Strong Medicine." He's also spent time at Warner Bros., Disney and ABC.

As a writer, Taylor worked on shows including "The Sentinel," "Renegade" and "Forever Knight."