In November, Randy Freer exited Fox Networks Group (FNG) as President/COO to take the CEO role at Hulu. We now know who is succeeding Freer in the role, giving him operational oversight of FOX Broadcasting Company and 20th Century Fox Television; Fox Sports; Fox Cable Networks’ FX Networks and National Geographic Partners; and Fox Networks Group Europe, Asia and Latin America.
Being promoted to Freer’s former role is Brian Sullivan, who since 2015 has been President/COO of Fox Networks’ Digital Consumer Group.
Sullivan reports to Peter Rice, President of 21st Century Fox and FNG’s Chairman/CEO. He’ll be charged with direct oversight of revenue and distribution for the Fox Television Group, FX, FOX Sports and National Geographic Partners.
He will also continue to lead FNG’s Digital Consumer Group, which is responsible for its authenticated streaming apps.
Sullivan will also continue to serves as a Hulu board member.
“Brian is an incredibly talented executive and has been instrumental in leading the direct to consumer efforts across our brands,” said Rice. “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.”
With Sullivan’s appointment, President/Distribution Michael Biard and President/Ad Revenue Joe Marchese will now report to him.
At the same time, the advertising revenue group is being reorganized, and EVP/Global Solutions Danielle Maged will now report to Marchese.
Sullivan began his career at Showtime Networks, then moved to Sky in the U.K. and Germany. At Sky in the U.K., he held many roles, from marketing, sales and retention to digital transition, product development and management. He was instrumental in the creation of Sky Digital, Sky+, Sky HD and Sky Broadband.
As CEO of Sky Deutschland, his team turned around the operation, launching many innovations including one of the world’s first live sport/entertainment streaming services in Sky Go, while doubling subscriber levels and revenues, and delivering the first ever sustained and repeatable profitability.