Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company, has announced that he will be departing the network at the end of June, 2013.
Darnell joined FOX in 1994 as Director of Specials after working for eight years at the network’s Los Angeles affiliate KTTV and the Fox Television Station Group. He oversaw the creation of genre-defining hits, and tens of thousands of hours of television, including American Idol (television’s No. 1 series for 9 consecutive seasons), Family Guy, The X Factor, So You Think You Can Dance, Masterchef, Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Futurama, Are You Smarter Than A 5th Grader?, Nanny 911, Don’t Forget the Lyrics! and Guinness World Records Primetime; along with popular sensations such as Joe Millionaire, The Simple Life, My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé, The Moment of Truth, Trading Spouses” and Temptation Island; countless specials like “The Billboard Music Awards, The Teen Choice Awards, The Primetime Emmy Awards and The American Country Awards; and noise-making spectacles such as The Swan, Alien Autopsy: Fact or Fiction?, Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire?, Man vs. Beast,” Busted on the Job, World’s Scariest Police Chases, When Animals Attack!and Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed.