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Fox Networks Group dissolves FIC, CEO Lopez exits

Fox Networks Group is reorganizing its international television business and consolidating its global channels under regional hubs, bringing an end to the Fox International Channels banner and the exit of FIC CEO Hernan Lopez (pictured).
January 11, 2016

Fox Networks Group is reorganizing its international television business and consolidating its global channels under regional hubs, bringing an end to the Fox International Channels banner and the exit of FIC CEO Hernan Lopez (pictured).

The exec, who has been in the post at FIC since 2011, is planning to launch a new venture in the near future, according to a release issued by Fox.

Before becoming CEO of FIC, he served as president and COO of FIC, as president of Fox Latin American Channels and MD of FX UK.

The company’s global consolidation sees the FIC banner discontinued, with global channels falling under the purview of Fox Networks Group’s (FNG) regional hubs in Europe, Latin America and Asia.

The new structure will see Jan Koeppen become president of Fox Networks Group Europe; Carlos Martinez serving as president of Fox Networks Group Latin America; and Zubin Gandevia becoming president of Fox Networks Group Asia.

Together, the execs are to oversee Fox Networks Group’s 350-plus international entertainment, sports, factual and movie channels, which include channel brands FOX, FX, FOX Sports, FOX Life and National Geographic.

The trio will report to FNG CEO and chairman Peter Rice and FNG President and COO Randy Freer.

“As our television business expands globally, the success and scale of our entertainment and sports brands in these fast-growing regions demand that they stand independently,” said Rice in a statement. “Jan, Carlos and Zubin are extremely talented executives with a sharp understanding of the opportunities for new content and programming in their regions.”

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