Founder - Jorian Hill
Chairman - 20th Century Fox Television
Gary Newman was born and raised in Los Angeles. He fell in love with Santa Barbara County at an early age, while regularly traveling up the coast with his family. "It has always been a magical place for me. There's an expansive natural beauty that reaches from the ocean up into the foothills and the valleys. As a vintner, it has been incredibly fulfilling to literally put down roots in a place that means so much to me."
Gary earned his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from the University of Southern California Law Center, where he met his future wife Jeanne. After law school, Gary became a member of the legal department of Columbia Pictures Television before moving to the business affairs department of NBC, where he ultimately became vice president. Following his time at NBC, he joined the television studio 20th Century Fox Television, where he served as the company's executive vice president and top ranking business officer.
In 1999, Gary bridged the divide between business and creative affairs when he was named president of 20th Century Fox Television, along with Dana Walden. The two were promoted to chairman in the summer of 2007. During his tenure, Gary has guided the development of new shows for all the major networks. Among the series he has overseen are dramas "24," "Prison Break," and "Boston Legal," and comedies "Family Guy," "The Simpsons," "Ally McBeal" and "Arrested Development."
In 2005, he and his wife, Jeanne, embarked on a new venture together, founding Jorian Hill, an organically farmed, estate winery in Santa Barbara County's Ballard Canyon. As a working vineyard, and a home for Gary, Jeanne, and their children Jordan, Reed and Hillary, Jorian Hill represents both a personal and a business evolution for the Newman family. "Strangely," says Gary, "owning a winery has simplified our busy lives. Jorian Hill has become a retreat where we can ignore life's distractions, and focus on our shared passions for wine, our family and our friends."
As a vintner, Gary approaches Jorian Hill with the same commitment, drive and attention to detail that has helped him to lead 20th Century Fox Television. Working alongside Jeanne and the winery's small, handpicked team, he takes an active role in all aspects of the business, from oversight of the estate's environmentally conscious viticulture program to winemaking and sales. "Whether its television or the wine industry, success comes from enthusiasm and dedication. When people create based on what they know and what they love, that shines through. That's part of the hands-on philosophy that drives Jeanne and me. We continually strive to make the best wines possible from our place on earth-wines that we believe in. To us, that's success."