Los Angeles, CA – October 21, 2013 – Long-time Fox distribution executive Michael Biard has been promoted to President, Distribution for Fox Networks, it was announced today by Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO of the Fox Networks Group.
In his new position Mr. Biard will oversee all distribution strategy and sales and marketing activity for Fox's 45 national and regional domestic television networks and their non-linear extensions, including video-on-demand, online, mobile and other emerging platforms. He will also oversee network distribution at Fox Broadcasting Company.
"In an ever-evolving media environment, Mike possesses a rare combination of executive skills," said Mr. Rice. "He's a gifted negotiator who is also able to analyze and solve complex issues in order to create significant value for Fox and our MVPD and broadcast affiliate partners. Over the past several years he has provided thoughtful direction as the leader of our national accounts and digital distribution teams, and has made vast contributions to the success of our networks business. We are delighted he will be leading our distribution efforts."
"I'm excited for the opportunity," said Mr. Biard. "I look forward to leading the extraordinary team we've built here at Fox Networks, especially during such a dynamic and challenging period in our industry."
Over his 13 years at Fox, Mr. Biard has played a key role in the growth of the networks group, including the successful launch and acquisition of networks such as FOX Sports 1, 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 Networks, Mr. Biard was a practicing attorney. He is a graduate of Columbia University (New York) and Loyola Law School (Los Angeles).
Fox Networks is a unit of Fox Networks Group (FNG) and includes 45 owned-and-operated and joint venture TV networks, video on demand and other media platforms. Together these networks reach more than 700 million television homes and represent one of the media industry's largest and most diverse programming groups. Fox Networks distributes FX, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo Mundo, FXX, FXM, FSN and 22 regional cable sports networks, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, SPEED2, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX College Sports, FOX Deportes, Utilisima, Baby TV, BTN (co-venture with the Big Ten Conference), additionally digital extensions including BTN2Go, FOX Sports GO, FX NOW and Nat Geo TV. FNG also includes the Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Digital Media, and Fox Sports Enterprises, which manages interests in sports franchises and leading statistical information provider STATS, LLC.