Dana Walden, along with Gary Newman, oversees Fox Television Group, a consortium of media and content creation companies, which includes broadcast network Fox Broadcasting Company (FBC); broadcast and cable production studios 20th Century Fox Television (TCFTV) and Fox 21 Television Studios; licensing division Fox Consumer Products; and syndication supplier of off-network programming, Twentieth Television.
In January 2017, Walden will receive NATPE’s Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Award for her contribution to the industry. In October 2015, Walden was named MIPCOM’s “Personality of the Year,” in honor of the global impact of her programming. She was inducted into Broadcasting & Cable’s Television Hall of Fame, and was named named 2013’s “Showman of the Year” by Variety and 2011’s “Television Showman of the Year” by the Publicists of the International Cinematographers Guild. Since taking the reins at FOX in 2014, under Walden’s supervision, the network has launched hit series such as LETHAL WEAPON, GOTHAM, LUCIFER, THE LAST MAN ON EARTH and THE MICK, and delivered the biggest programming event of 2015, EMPIRE, a bona fide phenomenon produced by TCFTV, which has done what no series has ever done before: grow its ratings every week for its entire first season. Currently in its third season, EMPIRE remains broadcast’s No. 1 drama. Additionally, Walden changed the game for TV musical events with the Emmy Award-winning GREASE: LIVE.
Under Walden’s tenure running the studio, TCFTV has produced hit after hit, from the most celebrated new series of the year in NBC’s “This Is Us”; to ABC’s No 1. series and multiple Emmy Award winner, “Modern Family”; to global sensation 24; to “Homeland,” which took home the Golden Globe Award and multiple Emmys for Best Drama. Along with Newman, Walden recently created the industry’s largest cable production unit in Fox 21 Television Studios, which, in addition to “Homeland,” produces the critically acclaimed “The Americans” and the Emmy Award-winning “The People V. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” The studio’s content now reaches more than a billion people every day across the world; in as many as 180 countries, across six continents, in 30 different languages.
Walden began her career at the public relations firm Bender, Goldman & Helper. At Fox, she rose through the ranks in roles that ranged from communications to programming, ultimately serving as Executive Vice President of Drama before being named head of the studio in 1999. She sits on the Board of Directors for the Greater Los Angeles Zoo, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Saban Free Clinic.