Cox had been executive vice president of development and original programming. He will report to Cyma Zarghami, president of Viacom’s Kids and Family Group.
Cox has had a hand in developing, producing and launching all of the channel’s current original scripted programs. The first, “Hot in Cleveland,” ran for six seasons and is now syndicated by CBS Television Distribution.
Prior to joining TV Land, Cox was executive vice president of comedy and alternative development at the WB Television Network, where he oversaw all of the network’s half-hour and reality development of such hits as Ashton Kutcher’s “Beauty and the Geek” and 51 Minds’ “Surreal Life.” He joined the WB in 2001 as senior vice president, alternative programming at the WB.
Earlier, he worked at Greenblatt/Janollari as vice president of comedy and drama development, and he was part of the team that developed “Six Feet Under,” “The Hughleys,” and the online cult favorite, “Heat Vision and Jack” directed by Ben Stiller and starring Jack Black and Christine Taylor. Cox began his career as director of programming during the early days of FX before joining Warner Brothers Television, where he developed several shows for NBC’s Thursday night line-up.