Los Angeles, CA – February 24, 2012 – In a move that complements a previously announced restructuring of Fox Networks Group’s (FNG) business and legal affairs team, FNG Executive Vice President and General Counsel Rita Tuzon today announced that long-time Fox business and legal affairs executive Karen Brodkin has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs for the FOX Sports Media Group. The restructuring, which was originally announced in June, is designed to bring the company’s business and legal affairs group and broadcast standards team under one umbrella. Ms. Brodkin will continue to work closely with Randy Freer and Eric Shanks, Co-Presidents and COOs of FOX Sports Media Group while reporting to Ms. Tuzon.
In her new role, Ms. Brodkin will be responsible for legal and business affairs pertaining to FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG). FSMG includes FOX Sports, the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; Fox’s 19 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming, as well as Fox’s numerous national sports channels and Fox Sports Interactive Media. Ms. Brodkin will oversee a legal team charged with negotiating professional and collegiate media rights acquisitions, as well as production, programming and talent agreements, on behalf of FSMG. She also continues her oversight of the local media rights agreements between FOX Sports Networks (FSN) and its more than 40 MLB, NBA and NHL team partners.
Ms. Tuzon was enthusiastic about the move. “Karen is a key executive in our sports group and brings not only her legal expertise but important business relationships across the spectrum of our sports world. I am very pleased that her contributions to the FOX Sports Media Group are recognized with this well-deserved promotion.”
Prior to joining Fox, Ms. Brodkin spent five years as an entertainment attorney at two Los Angeles-based entertainment firms. Ms. Brodkin’s entertainment clients included Garth Brooks, Spike Lee, Warner Brothers, and New Line Cinema.
Before commencing her entertainment practice, Ms. Brodkin spent three years as a corporate attorney specializing in labor and employment matters in the Los Angeles office of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.
Ms. Brodkin received a B.A. in Political Science/Art History from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986. She received her J.D. from University of California, Hastings College of the Law, graduating Order of the Coif in 1989.
FOX Sports Media Group (FSMG) is the umbrella entity representing News Corporation’s wide array of multi-platform US-based sports assets under Chairman and CEO David Hill. Built with brands that are capable of reaching more than 100 million viewers in a single weekend, FSMG includes ownership and interests in linear television networks, digital and mobile programming, broadband platforms, multiple web sites, joint-venture businesses and several licensing partnerships. FSMG includes FOX Sports, the sports television arm of the FOX Broadcasting Company; Fox’s 19 regional sports networks, their affiliated regional web sites and FSN national programming; SPEED and SPEED2; Fox Soccer Channel and Fox Soccer Plus; FUEL TV; and Fox College Sports. In addition, FSMG also includes FOX Sports Interactive Media, which comprises FOXSports.com on MSN, whatifsports.com and scout.com, reaching almost 39 million unique visitors monthly. Also included are Fox’s interests in joint-venture businesses FOX Deportes, Big Ten Network and STATS, LLC, as well as licensing agreements that establish the FOX Sports Radio Network and FOX Sports Skybox restaurants. In Oct., FSMG acquired the exclusive U.S. media rights to FIFA World Cup football across all platforms (including radio) from 2015 to 2022, which includes the 2018 FIFA World Cup and 2022 FIFA World Cup, the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup and other FIFA events.
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 43 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, Nat Geo Mundo, Fox Movie Channel, FUEL TV, FSN and 19 regional cable sports networks, SPEED, SPEED2, FOX Soccer Channel, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX College Sports, FOX Deportes, Utilisima, Baby TV, BTN (co-venture with the Big Ten Conference), BTN2Go; and FOX International Channels include more than 350 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.