Peter Rice has been promoted to president of 21st Century Fox.
Rice, who is credited with expanding FX and launching FS1, will keep his chairman and CEO titles for Fox Networks Group as well, overseeing Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports, FX Networks, National Geographic, 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Networks Group Latin America, Europe and Asia.
“Empire,” “Fargo,” ‘”American Horror Story,” “American Crime Story,” “New Girl,” “This is Us,” “Glee” and “Genius” all happened under Rice’s watchful eye. Rice helped put Fox on Hulu, and he sits on the board of the streaming company.
Before his time leading small-screen ventures, Rice was president of Fox Searchlight Pictures. Films released under his leadership include “Slumdog Millionaire,” “Juno,” “Napoleon Dynamite,” “Little Miss Sunshine,” and “Sideways.”
“As part of our ongoing work to evolve and expand the 21CF leadership structure, we’re pleased to name Peter to this newly created position,” said 21st Century Fox executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch in a statement.
“Peter has driven exceptional growth at Fox Networks Group during a time of real transformational change in the business, expanding our audiences and innovating new distribution models, from which the Company, our shareholders and our customers have benefited greatly. Peter’s impact on the business is immense and we are incredibly fortunate to have him with us in this expanded role during this exciting next chapter of the company.”
Stacey Snider, chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox Film, will continue to report directly to Lachlan and James, the company said. Fox News Channel will continue to report directly to the duo’s dad, Rupert Murdoch.