Founding Fox 21 executive Jane Francis has signed a new deal with 20th Century Fox Television’s cable production company. As part of the multiyear pact, she has been promoted to EVP. Francis will continue to work under Fox 21 president Bert Salke, overseeing comedy, drama and animation development for the division whose focus is on scripted series for cable and unscripted programming for all networks. “Jane is an incredibly talented executive and someone I rely on greatly as we look to continue to grow Fox 21,” Salke said. “Writers absolutely adore her, and so do I.”
Matt Warburton (The Simpsons, Community) has joined Mindy Kaling’s new Fox comedy series The Mindy Project as executive producer/showrunner. Also coming on board the medical office comedy created/executive produced by and starring Kaling are Michael Spiller (Modern Family) as executive producer/director, Chris McKenna (American Dad, Community) as a co-executive producer and Malcolm In The Middle creator Linwood Boomer as a consulting producer.