Yailie upped to SVP role at Fox Broadcasting; Judy Smith to be honored by BESLA

Shana C. Waterman, Senior VP of Current Programming, FOX Broadcasting Co.

The Hollywood press is all abuzz with news of one of the latest promotions of a black executive in Hollywood.

Shana C. Waterman has been promoted to Senior Vice President at Fox Broadcasting.

In a press release announcing her appointment Waterman’s boss praised the attorney who has been with Fox Broadcasting for the last six years. She joined the company as Director of Current Programming.

“Shana is not only a trusted creative partner to our talent, but also a dynamic and inspiring leader within our company,” said Marcy Ross, the network’s Executive Vice President of Current Programming. “Her fresh thinking and sharp creative instincts make her a tremendous asset to our programming leadership team.”

Waterman will see an expansion of her duties overseeing production of new and returning programs, and also provide support as a senior creative adviser to those production teams. She has worked on popular programs Glee, Fringe, Family Guy, American Dad, Raising Hope, House and The Mindy Project.

Earlier in her career she worked as a a Manager of Development at Timberman/Beverly Productions.

Waterman earned her bachelor’s degree from Yale University in 1994 and her law degree from Yale Law School in 2000.

As a Yale alumna she has participated in program’s such as the university’s Yale in Hollywood Summit.

Judy Smith Crisis Management Expert & Co-Executive Producer of ABC’s Scandal {From Judy Smith}

Also of note renowned crisis management expert Judy Smith the inspiration for the lead character on ABC’s hit show Scandal will be honored at The Black Entertainment and Sports Lawyers Association Conference. Smith is a co-executive producer of the show.

OBABL has previously written about how Smith helped develop the show.

She’ll receive the association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Smith is a 1986 graduate of American University’s Washington College of Law.


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