Los Angeles – January 06, 2015 – Fox Networks (FN) television executive Benjamin (BJ) Elias has been promoted to Senior Vice President, Distribution, it was announced today by Mike Biard, President, Distribution, Fox Networks, to whom he will continue to report.
Mr. Elias, who joined Fox in 2010 and previously served as Vice President, Distribution, Advanced Services for Fox Networks, is responsible for leading the division’s distribution of new media products and services, including authenticated video (commonly known as TV Everywhere) via websites and mobile apps, over-the-top television (OTT), video-on-demand (VOD), and interactive television.
Mr. Elias played a key role in expanding the distribution of Fox Networks’ industry-leading suite of TV Everywhere apps and websites, including FOX NOW, FXNOW, FOX Sports GO, Nat Geo TV and BTN2GO. He is a key driver in negotiations with major cable, satellite, and telco affiliates and has emerged as a leader in working through increasingly complex issues with the television stations affiliated with Fox Broadcasting.
“BJ has developed into a tremendous executive who has demonstrated a unique talent for navigating the continually shifting video distribution landscape,” said Mr. Biard. “His experience in managing the distribution of our emerging products from conception to ubiquitous availability is testament to his technical skill and business acumen. We will continue to rely on BJ to help us maximize our ever-increasing opportunities in this space, and I am delighted he will continue to be a critical member of our senior team.”
Prior to joining Fox Networks in 2010, Mr. Elias served as Director of Strategy and Business Development at A+E Networks. He has also held business development positions with Sezmi Corporation, Yahoo!, and CBS.
Mr. Elias earned bachelor degrees in political science and journalism from Emory University and a master’s degree in communications management from the Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism at the University of Southern California.
About Fox Networks
Fox Networks is a unit of Fox Networks Group (FNG) and includes 44 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, FXX, FXM, National Geographic Channel, Nat Geo WILD, Nat Geo Mundo, FSN and 22 regional sports networks, FOX Sports 1, FOX Sports 2, FOX Soccer Plus, FOX College Sports, FOX Deportes, FOX Life, Baby TV and BTN (co-venture with the Big Ten Conference), in addition to the digital extensions BTN2GO, FOX Sports GO, FOX Soccer 2 GO, FXNOW, and Nat Geo TV. FNG also includes the Fox Broadcasting Company and its digital extension FOX NOW, MundoFox, FOX International Channels, and Fox Sports Enterprises, which manages the company’s interests in sports franchises.
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