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Australian to Lead Fox Alternative Programming

Fox Television Studios has brought its head of television in Australia back to Los Angeles to head up its alternative programming division.

David Martin has been named executive vice president for Fox Alternative Productions, where he will oversee development and production of Fox Television Studio’s unscripted, reality and alternative/scripted series for the broadcast network, cable and syndication market.

Current productions include “The Shield” and “Son of the Beach” on F/X.

Martin says his overseas experience has given him the background needed to breathe new life into U.S. programming and to do it more cheaply.

“Having overseas perspective makes me more open to look at overseas markets for shows,” he says. “It has also given me ways of looking at things in a different way, including production costs.”

Martin says the low-budget nature of programming produced in Australia has taught him how to cut corners knowledge he says he plans to use here in the U.S.

“I have been at meetings at the studios and they think it costs $50,000 to shoot something that we could do for $2,000 in Australia,” he says. “At large studios, things can become somewhat bureaucratic.”

Martin wants to develop a variety of edgy, alternative programs.

“I am hoping we can build on the success of other low budget scripted drama and comedy shows we have produced in recent years,” he says. “They have proved to be different than anything else on television, carving out niches for themselves within cable programming.”

Although he will be based in Los Angeles, Martin will continue to work with Fox TV studios sister division Fox World and remain involved with Fox World Australia.

Martin is married and has ten-year-old twins. Born and raised in Australia, he attended the University of Sydney where he studied law and economics.

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