New position will put him in charge of unscripted programming for the production company behind "American Idol" rival "The Voice"
It looks like Mike Darnell has found a new gig.
Darnell, who until the end of June had served as Fox's president of alternative entertainment, is in final talks to join Warner Bros. Television, where he'll serve as president of unscripted and alternative programming, an individual with knowledge of the talks told TheWrap.
Interestingly, his new job puts him in charge of unscripted fare for Warner Horizon, which produces NBC's hit singing competition "The Voice." Otherwise known as the main competitor for Fox's "American Idol," which Darnell helped usher to success.
Darnell, who will report to Warner Bros. Television president Peter Roth, will also be in charge of reality programming for WBTV's Telepictures.
Darnell announced his departure from Fox in late May.
“With my current deal ending in June, and having been here for 18 years (kind of a record in Hollywood), I had to make a decision: either stay (and basically admit to myself I was going to retire at Fox … not a terrible choice) or leave and try something new. I’ve been in ‘Reality’ since before it was even called that, and it has truly been an amazing ride," Darnell said in a statement. "However, the world has changed drastically over the last few years and now with hundreds of channels and limitless ways to watch television, I’ve decided this was the perfect time to take advantage of the rapidly changing marketplace."
Shortly thereafter, news broke that "American Idol" executive producers Nigel Lythgoe and Ken Warwick were departing the program.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news of Darnell's shift to Warner Bros. TV.