SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF PRODUCTION & STRATEGY AT FOX ENTERTAINMENT
Los Angeles, CA
Born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, Phoebe Tisdale got a job and bought a car the day she turned 16. After juggling
several jobs at once throughout her school years, she headed out to New York City to attend Hunter College. Within two
weeks, she landed a full time job working for the Joan Rivers Show, where she began as the receptionist, later
promoted up to production manager. After six years, Phoebe moved on to work for the Ricki Lake Show, The Dating
Game, and the Jon Stewart Show.
Phoebe then decided to switch her career path and try her hand at producing. She took a job as an associate producer and
talent booker for CNBC’s America’s Talking. Although she found the news environment to be very exciting, she knew
that she was much more attracted to talent-driven entertainment. In 1995, she accepted a job across country in Los
Angeles for the early morning talk show, Mike and Maty, and then moved on to work on another morning show with the
“Mommies,” Caryl and Marilyn. Capitalizing on her strong industry relationships, she also booked talent full time for E!
Entertainment and Quincy Jones’ pilot VIBE. She then dabbled in freelance gigs as a producer and unit manager for such shows as Tim Reid’s Save Our Streets and Match Game. She went on to be a producer at Helios Productions that produced scripted movies for network television.
Phoebe then went on to land a job as the production manager for a new department at MTV Networks under Brian
Graden. Starting with only a few small shows and budgets, she gradually advanced over the next six years to Senior
Director of the West Coast, overseeing such big hits as the Osbournes, The Newlyweds, Punk’d, Pimp My Ride, Meet
The Barkers, Making The Video along with other scripted shows, game shows, stunt shows, spring break
specials/events, multi-camera concerts and tours, and clip shows.
Phoebe spent the next five years at the Fox Broadcasting Company as their Vice President of Production, overseeing the
American Idol franchise. She also oversaw the budgets and production for such shows as Gordon Ramsay’s Hell’s Kitchen,
Kitchen Nightmares, MasterChef, So You Think You Can Dance, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, Teen
Choice Awards, Emmy Awards, and the NAACP Awards. She was actively involved in the new HD digital technology
along with the delivery of programming to the mobile, web, and iTunes platforms.
Eager to get back to hands-on production, Phoebe reunited with longtime friends and the Co-Founders of Katalyst Films,
Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg. She oversaw various pilots and digital projects, also acting as the EIC for MTV’s
returning series, PUNK’D II. In 2012, she jumped at the chance to line produce the multi-camera crew for Eric Idle’s
(Spamalot and Monty Python) Broadway play, What About Dick. She reunited with old friends from MTV to do Fashion
Star for NBC, and Brian Graden to start up his new production company and Emmy Award winning series, HitRecord on
TV with Joseph Gordon Levitt. She traveled weekly as the EIC on A&E’s Duck Dynasty series and shot with the family in
Scotland. She went on to help the Robertsons start their production company and shoot a special covering the Duck
Dynasty Broadway Musical in Las Vegas. In 2015, Phoebe returned to FOX and serves as the Senior Vice President of Production and Strategy, working on some of the company's top initiatives. She has worked with 20th Century Fox Studios on
scripted hybrids and the live scripted musical events such as A Christmas Story and Rent. She also worked with Seth
McFarlane’s production company and Ann Druyan (Carl Sagan’s wife) on the scripted series, Cosmos.
Phoebe was previously on the Board of Advisors for the Tribeca Flashpoint Media Arts Academy in Chicago. She has a
Production 101 website, and she teaches classes on production, interviewing, and resumes. She has also served on the
board for Women@Fox. With over 32 years of experience in the television industry, Phoebe not only has a stellar
reputation amongst her peers, but she also maintains strong relationships with talent, executives, production
companies, agents and managers on both coasts. It is her belief that attitude outweighs assets, and that you can
achieve anything you want to in the entertainment business - or life for that matter.