New York, NY – June 27, 2011 – In a move designed to better align Fox Networks Group’s (FNG) business and legal affairs functions, FNG Executive Vice President and General Counsel Rita Tuzon today announced a restructuring designed to bring most of the company’s business and legal affairs group under one umbrella. The move also includes several promotions within her team.
Claudia Teran, who previously served as Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs and Associate General Counsel, Fox Cable Networks (FCN), has been named Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs and Deputy General Counsel for Fox Networks Group. In her new role, Ms. Teran will be the number two legal executive for the division responsible for all legal and business matters pertaining to FNG’s cable and broadcast network distribution, digital new media strategy, and corporate/business development. She will continue her work with the international division of FOX Sports Media Group (including FOX Soccer, FOX Deportes in the U.S., FOX Sports in Latin America, and the worldwide FOX Sports syndication sales business), Fox Hispanic Media, as well as FUEL TV both domestically and internationally.
Prior to joining Fox in 2000, Ms. Teran was a transactional attorney at Sidley & Austin, where she worked on behalf of private and public entities addressing a wide variety of business dealings and regulatory issues. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of California at Berkeley and her law degree from New York University School of Law.
Ms. Tuzon has also promoted three others in the department. Adam Reiss, who had served as Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs will now serve as Senior Vice President, Corporate Transactions and Distribution for Fox Networks Group, with responsibility for complex corporate transactions including joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic opportunities. He will also continue to work with Fox Networks’ distribution team on key network affiliation negotiations.
Mr. Reiss has been with Fox since 2004. Previously he was a transactional attorney with O’Melveny and Myers focusing on securitizations, public offerings, private placements of debt and equity and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Reiss received his bachelor’s degree from UCLA and his law degree from The University of California’s Boalt Hall School of Law. He will continue to report to Ms. Teran.
Additionally, Anna Tran Reyna, who previously was also Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs for Fox Cable Networks, will now serve as FCN’s Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, Digital Media with legal responsibility for the division’s diverse digital extensions and infrastructure, including network websites, Fox Digital Media, digital content deals, FNG’s Hulu and other digital distribution relationships, and other Fox ventures in the digital arena. She will also continue her work with FOX Sports Media Group’s online properties, including FOXSports.com.
Prior to joining Fox in 2007, Ms. Tran Reyna was Associate General Counsel for Ascent Media Group in Santa Monica, handling legal affairs for the company’s new media initiatives in digital asset management and content distribution services. She previously was a transactional attorney with Cooley Godward LLP in Palo Alto, CA and Musick, Peeler and Garrett in Los Angeles. Ms. Tran Reyna received her bachelor’s degree from UCLA and her law degree from the UCLA School of Law. She will also continue to report to Ms. Teran.
“Fox Networks Group is the most successful programming entity in television, and our success is due in no small part to the strategic focus of our business-minded legal team,” said Ms. Tuzon. “This reorganization streamlines our distribution and content efforts across platforms, which will not only improve efficiency but increase revenue opportunities for our networks. Claudia, Adam, and Anna have been at the forefront of these cross-platform efforts in the digital and distribution areas, and this reorganization recognizes the valuable role they will play as we take our content businesses to new heights in the coming years.”
In the sports area, Leanna Einbinder, who previously served as Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs, has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs for FCN. “Leanna is a key player in our professional team and collegiate conference negotiations for Fox Networks Groups’ many domestic regional and national sports networks, including FOX Sports, FOX Sports Net, FOX College Sports, Big Ten Network and Fox’s 19 owned and operated regional sports networks,” Tuzon stated. Ms. Einbinder will continue to be responsible for negotiating and drafting rights agreements with many of the more than 120 professional and college sports teams and conferences associated with Fox.
Ms. Einbinder has been with Fox since 2000. She joined the company from the Los Angeles office of Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro LLP where she was a transactional attorney focusing on negotiating and drafting a wide array of corporate and business transactions as well as intellectual property-related legal transactions. Ms. Einbinder received her bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College in Amherst, MA and her law degree from The University of California’s Boalt Hall School of Law. She will continue to report to Karen Brodkin, Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs for FCN.
Earlier this year, Ms. Tuzon began the restructure when she reorganized the cable and broadcast network Standards & Practices Groups, combining them under the leadership of now-Executive Vice President Elizabeth Casey.
Fox Networks Group, a primary operating unit of News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWS), consists of Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), FOX Sports Media Group, the company’s national and regional cable programming services, FOX International Channels, and Fox Networks Engineering & Operations. These units produce, program and transmit much of America’s most popular entertainment, sports and information content via 37 owned-and-operated TV networks, video on demand and other media platforms. FOX is America’s most popular network; Fox Networks Group cable channels span FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Fox Movie Channel, FUEL TV, FSN and 19 regional cable sports networks, SPEED, FOX Soccer Channel, FOX Soccer Plus, Fox College Sports, FOX Deportes and BTN (co-venture with the Big Ten Conference); and FOX International Channels include 183 networks delivered in 35 languages across Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa. The division also includes Fox Sports Enterprises, which manages interests in sports franchises and leading statistical information provider STATS, LLC.