Bad Robot’s Carlos Williams Moves to Fox 21, Will Lead Business Operations

This newly-created position will put Williams in charge of growing Disney-owned studio’s deal making strategies

Fox 21 has named Carlos W. Williams as executive vice president of business operations.

The newly-created position will see Williams head up the Disney-owned studio’s business side, reporting to Fox 21 president Bert Salke. Williams comes over from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot, where he has served as head of business affairs since last summer.

He will begin in February.

“With the goal of building Fox 21 into one of the most powerful suppliers of entertainment programming in town, I’m thrilled to announce that we’re bringing in Carlos who was instrumental in the success of both Bad Robot and Warner Horizon before that,” Salke said.

“He’s a fantastic executive whom I’ve long wanted in this organization and whose hire Craig Hunegs enthusiastically endorsed. I know he is going to be a spectacular leader of our business operations activities, and the perfect executive to help guide my strong senior team of Vibiana Molina, Jane Francis, Andy Bourne and Nissa Diederich in growing the label significantly in the years to come,” he added.

While at Bad Robot, he oversaw all business and strategy, including supervising the negotiations of key deals with platforms, filmmakers and talent.

“In my time spent at Bad Robot, on a daily basis, I’ve been inspired, motivated and amazed by the creativity and focus on storytelling. The generosity shown to me by Katie, JJ and Brian has been incredible and I will always be so appreciative of the enormous positive impact they have had on me not only as an executive, but also as a person,” Williams said. “I will miss them and the rest of the Bad Robot team deeply, but I’m excited and energized to join Bert and the talented group at Fox 21 Television Studios who are making some of the most compelling, audacious and award-winning television around. Craig and Bert challenged me to come and help them grow and build on their already considerable success, and I knew immediately this was one opportunity I could not possibly pass up.”

Tim Baysinger

Tim Baysinger

TV Reporter • tim.baysinger@thewrap.com • Twitter: @tim_bays



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