Touchstone Television’s Nissa Diederich Named EVP Production For 20th Television As Jim Sharp Sets Exit

Prior to serving as EVP and head of Production for Touchstone TV (fka as Fox 21 TV Studios), Diedrich was a SVP at both Fox 21 and 20th Century Fox Television. She originally joined Fox twenty years ago as a Manager of Production Finance for Fox Television Studios (which subsequently merged with Fox 21), rising through the ranks to oversee all aspects of production finance for primetime network, cable, international and alternative television production for Fox TV Studios, Fox World Productions, Regency Television and The Greenblatt Janollari Studio.
She will assume the responsibilities held by 20th TV head of production, EVP Jim Sharp, who will stay on through the end of year to assist with the transition. She will oversee production for the combined studio operation following the recent consolidation of Disney TV Studios' 20th TV and Touchstone TV divisions. Fox veteran Nissa Diederich, EVP Production for Touchstone Television, has been promoted to EVP Production, 20th Television.
It’s a job I truly love and there is nowhere I’d rather be than at this studio,” Diederich said. He leaves a legacy of excellence which will always be synonymous with 20th.”” /> “I also want to thank Jim, who brought me to Fox twenty-three years ago as a production finance manager, for providing me the opportunity to grow as an executive. “I want to thank Dana, Craig, and Karey for this opportunity to continue to help our creators get their visions both in front of the cameras and onto the screen.
She also oversaw production on Showtime’s Homeland, which shot in locations from South Africa to Berlin, Sons of Anarchy, and Nat Geo’s Genius series, which has focused on the lives of Albert Einstein, Pablo Picasso and soon, Aretha Franklin. Diedrich has overseen production on all of the series of Ryan Murphy, from all nine seasons of American Horror Story to The People V. Additional series under her purview include Hulu’s anticipated Dopesick and FX’s Mayans MC and the upcoming The Old Man. OJ Simpson and The Assassination of Gianni Versace, Feud: Bette and Joan, the two 9-1-1 franchises, Netflix’s Ratched and the FX series Pose.
“Nissa’s a spectacular executive who has overseen dozens of our most ambitious productions, earning the trust and gratitude of showrunners, executives and network partners alike,” said Craig Hunegs, President of Entertainment, Walt Disney Television to whom Diederich will report. “And we are grateful that Jim Sharp will stay on to ensure a smooth transition. We owe him an enormous debt for the incredible job he has done and his many years of service.”

Julia Franz Joins Charter As Head Of Development & Production For Spectrum Originals

Franz previously worked as a creative consultant for Platform One Media and STX Entertainment where she also served as an Executive Producer on State of Affairs. She also spent two years under an overall producing deal at Sony Pictures Television as a partner at Jamie Tarses' FanFare.” /> While at Disney, some of the series she oversaw or helped develop included Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Scrubs, Desperate Housewives and Criminal Minds. Franz spent 15 years at The Walt Disney Company where she served in a number of roles, including five years as EVP, overseeing both comedy and drama development and current programming for ABC Studios and predecessor Touchstone Television.
She will be based in Los Angeles. Charter Communications has hired TV industry veteran Julia Franz as Head of Development and Production for Spectrum Originals. It is the first major programming executive hire for Katherine Pope, Head of Original Content, to whom Franz will report.
“Julia is a seasoned industry veteran with over 20 years of relevant experience, and a successful track record of creating and producing original content,” said Pope. “She is an incredibly well-respected executive who brings intelligence, humanity and creativity to everything she does, and we are excited to have her join our Originals team.”
The company has been bulking up on original scripted series, including its first official pickup, L.A.'s Finest. In the newly created role, Franz will oversee the development and production of Charter’s upcoming slate of original series for Spectrum. She'll also work alongside Pope to manage the content partnerships with Viacom and AMC.