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Fox veteran boards A+E Networks to lead global content licensing, international

Long-time Fox executive Steve MacDonald has joined global content company A+E Networks as president of global content licensing and international. With the new role, MacDonald will be tasked with overseeing A+E’s ...
October 3, 2019

Long-time Fox executive Steve MacDonald has joined global content company A+E Networks as president of global content licensing and international.

With the new role, MacDonald will be tasked with overseeing A+E’s global multi-platform and library content licensing initiatives, as well as the company’s international undertakings.

MacDonald reports directly into A+E Networks Group president Paul Buccieri.

Patrick Vien, appointed to group managing director of international earlier this summer, and Mark Garner, EVP of content licensing and business development, will both be reporting to MacDonald.

“MacDonald is a highly accomplished sales executive who has been a major force behind many of the most innovative and revenue-rich media content transactions in the entertainment industry,” said Buccieri in a statement. “His innate talent for unearthing revenue potential within media assets is the precise skill we require as we continue to evolve our company.”

MacDonald joins A+E Networks from Fox’s Twentieth Television, where he spent 24 years, most recently serving as EVP and general sales manager of basic cable¬†with oversight of¬†broadcast syndication.

During his more than two-decade tenure at Fox, MacDonald was responsible for shepherding Twentieth’s revenue growth strategy, driving content licensing sales for the domestic off-net syndication distribution of sitcoms, dramas, reality, original programs and all library product. He additionally managed the premiere feature film and library window sales.

About The Author
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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