Los Angeles, CA – October 28, 2013 – Randy Freer has been elevated to the new position of President and Chief Operating Officer of Fox Networks Group (FNG), it was announced today by Peter Rice, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, to whom he will report. In his new position, Mr. Freer will have a broad strategic and operational role across FNG and directly oversee revenue, distribution and operations while continuing his responsibilities in rights acquisitions and team and league relationships. FNG includes FOX Broadcasting Company, FOX Sports, FX Networks, Fox International Channels and National Geographic Channels. Mr. Freer previously served as Co-President and COO, FOX Sports Media Group.
“Randy is an outstanding executive and having played a key role in growing our powerhouse television sports business, he brings impressive skills as both an operator and builder of businesses,” said Mr. Rice. “He will be a key partner for me in overseeing and driving continued growth of our global channels business which spans nearly 400 channels in 200 countries.”
Mr. Freer commented, “The Fox Networks Group has a portfolio of channels and hit content that is unrivaled and connects with viewers, advertisers and distributors the world over. I’m excited to be able to work with Peter and the incredible team to build on FNG’s global leadership.”
In connection with the appointment, the following executives will now report to Mr. Freer: Michael Biard, President, Distribution, Fox Networks; Toby Byrne, President, National Ad Sales, FOX Broadcasting Company, FOX Sports Media Group; Lou LaTorre, President, Advertising Sales, Fox Cable Entertainment Networks, Fox Hispanic Media Group; and Kyle Sherman, EVP, Home Team Sports. FNG finance & business development, corporate communications, legal and human resources functions will report jointly to Mr. Rice and Mr. Freer.
Eric Shanks, who ran FOX Sports Media Group alongside Mr. Freer, will assume sole responsibility for the Group as its President and COO and report to Mr. Rice. Also continuing to report to Mr. Rice will be John Landgraf, CEO, FX Networks and FX Productions; Hernan Lopez, President and CEO, Fox International Channels; David Lyle, CEO, National Geographic Channels US and Global Programming; and Kevin Reilly, Chairman of Entertainment, FOX Broadcasting Company.
Mr. Freer has held various senior executive positions at Fox since first joining the Company in 1997. Prior being named Co-President and COO of FOX Sports Media Group in 2011, he served as President, and before that COO, of FOX Sports Networks (FSN), the largest regional sports network group in the U.S. Prior to joining Fox, he served as Senior Vice President, Business Affairs at Active Entertainment, an animation syndication firm, and held executive roles at Turner Broadcasting over a nine-year tenure.
In addition to his executive responsibilities, Mr. Freer serves on the board of directors for BTN (formerly Big Ten Network) and the After School All Stars, which provides comprehensive after-school programs that keep children safe and help them succeed in school and life.
Fox Networks Group is a primary operating unit of 21st Century Fox (NASDAQ:FOX) and 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 45 owned-and-operated and joint venture 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, 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. FOX International Channels features U.S. Spanish-language broadcast net MundoFox, in addition to more than 300 networks delivered in 48 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.
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