ION creates integrated distribution organization

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ION Media Networks announced the creation of an integrated distribution organization that manages the company’s relationships with multichannel operators, broadcast affiliates, and industry policy leaders. The Distribution Relations team will be overseen by John Lawson, Executive Vice President, ION Media Networks, who also has been nominated to represent ION on the boards of the National Association of Broadcasters and Maximum Service Television. Long-time cable distribution executive, Steve Friedman, ION Media Network’s President of Network Distribution, will depart ION to pursue personal business ventures, but will remain senior advisor on strategic multichannel distribution matters.