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 received 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 “Showman of the Year” by Variety and “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 9-1-1, EMPIRE, THE GIFTED, THE ORVILLE, LETHAL WEAPON, STAR, GOTHAM, GORDON RAMSAY’S 24 HOURS TO HELL AND BACK and THE FOUR: BATTLE FOR STARDOM. Last season, FOX had more Top 20 new series than any other network (7 of the Top 20) and three of the season’s Top Five new dramas – 9-1-1, THE ORVILLE and THE GIFTED (also more than any other network).
Under Walden’s tenure running the studio, TCFTV has produced hit after hit, from the No. 1 broadcast drama NBC’s “This Is Us”; to ABC’s multiple Emmy Award winner, “Modern Family”; to FX’s top franchise “American Horror Story”; to the Emmy Award- and Golden Globe-winning drama “Homeland.” Along with Newman, Walden created the industry’s largest cable production unit in Fox 21 Television Studios, which in addition to “Homeland,” produces the Emmy Award-winning anthology series “American Crime Story,” the acclaimed Showtime drama “The Chi,” the new FX dance musical “Pose,” and the Emmy Award-nominated limited series “Genius” (with Imagine Television). 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 Hulu, Live Nation, the Greater Los Angeles Zoo, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Saban Free Clinic.