Brian Sullivan has been elevated to president and chief operating officer at Fox Networks Group.
Sullivan steps into the role previously held by Randy Freer, who exited the company last month to join Hulu as CEO. In the new position, Sullivan will be responsible for directly managing revenue and distribution for the Fox Television Group, FX, Fox Sports and National Geographic Partners.
Sullivan will also continue to lead FNG’s digital consumer group, responsible for its authenticated streaming apps, and will continue to serve as a Hulu board member.
He reports into Peter Rice, president of 21st Century Fox and chair & CEO of FNG.
“Brian is an incredibly talented executive and has been instrumental in leading the direct-to-consumer efforts across our brands,” said Rice, in a statement. “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.”
Michael Biard, president of distribution, and Joe Marchese, president of ad revenue, will now report into Sullivan. Additionally, FNG Europe and Africa president Jan Koeppen and FNG Latin America president Carlos Martinez will report jointly to Sullivan and Rice.
Sullivan has served as president of Fox Networks’ Digital Consumer Group since 2015, following a near 20-year run with European satcaster Sky. In that time, He has led digital strategy for FNG’s network brands while driving growth across the group’s portfolio of authenticated streaming products.
As CEO of Sky Deutschland, he played a key role in establishing the live sport/entertainment streaming service Sky Go, doubling subscriber levels and revenues, and delivering repeatable profitability.