Michael Biard serves as President, Distribution, Fox Networks Group. In this role Mr. Biard oversees distribution, including related sales, strategy and distribution marketing activity, for all five of 21CF’s television brands: Fox Broadcasting Company, FX, FOX News, FOX Sports and National Geographic, and their non-linear extensions, including video-on-demand, online, mobile and other emerging platforms. He also manages all aspects of distribution and affiliate-related business operations with the Fox-affiliated television stations in over 200 markets as well as all of Fox Networks’ distribution relationships with domestic cable, satellite, telco and online distributors.
Over his 17 years at Fox, Mr. Biard has played a key role in the growth of the networks group, including the successful launch and acquisition of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, FXX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo Mundo, BTN (formerly Big Ten Network), FOX College Sports, FOX Soccer Plus, YES, and several other regional sports networks.
Mr. Biard joined Fox as Director of Affiliate Business Affairs (2000-2001) and was promoted to Vice President of Affiliate Business Affairs (2001-2002) before transitioning to National Accounts in 2002. He was promoted to Senior Vice President, National Accounts in 2006 and assumed the role as head of national accounts in 2007, including affiliate business affairs. He was promoted to Executive Vice President, Distribution in January 2010, assuming oversight of Fox’s digital distribution efforts (including “TV Everywhere” initiatives and video-on-demand).
Before joining Fox, Mr. Biard was an attorney for Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe and, previously, Keesal, Young & Logan. He graduated from Columbia University with a bachelor’s degree in biology-psychology in 1991. He earned a Jurist Doctorate (Cum Laude) from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, in 1996.
Mr. Biard serves on the boards of BTN and Fox Sports San Diego. He is also a director on the board of the T. Howard Foundation and a member of the board of the CTAM (Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing) Educational Foundation.