Fox Networks Group promotes Sullivan to president
Fox Networks Group, the international pay-TV broadcasting group, has promoted Brian Sullivan to the role of president and chief operating officer.
He replaces Randy Freer, who departed the company last month to become chief executive of Hulu, the USA-based streaming service.
In his new role, Sullivan (pictured, left) will be responsible for the group’s revenue and distribution and he will report to Peter Rice, president of 21st Century Fox, the group’s parent company.
Sullivan had been president of Fox Networks’ digital group since 2015.
Prior to that, he was chief executive of Sky Deutschland, the German pay-TV broadcaster, and managing director of the customer group at Sky, the UK pay-TV operator.
Commenting on the appointment, Rice said: “Brian is an incredibly talented executive and has been instrumental in leading the direct to consumer efforts across our brands. Brian’s track record at Sky and his proven expertise in building digital video consumer products has made him an invaluable part of our senior leadership team, and I look forward to working with him to continue to focus and operationalize our revenue, distribution and D2C efforts.”
• ESPN, the US sports broadcaster, has named Jeff Stallings as its vice president, fan engagement.
He will responsible for growing the ESPN brand and building the broadcaster’s relationship with fans.
Stallings will work closely with all senior leaders in the company in areas including distribution, content, communications, programming, sales and marketing to widen the fan base and develop deeper fan relationships across the ESPN platform.
He will be based in the broadcaster’s New York office.
Stallings joins ESPN from Walmart, the US supermarket chain, where he had service as senior director of media since March 2013.