The new lineup of the to be scaled-down Fox network has been unveiled following the merger of a chunk of 21st Century Fox’s assets with The Walt Disney Company, which will reportedly close in 2019.
Mike Biard (pictured) has been promoted to president of operations and distribution for Fox from his current role as president of distribution for Fox Networks Group.
In his new role, Biard will manage the company’s multi-platform distribution strategy as well as the operations of “The Lot”. Additionally, Baird will work with the leadership team on content acquisition strategies.
Biard will report to John Nallen, the newly minted chief operating officer of Fox.
Further appointments to Fox include Eric Shanks, upped to CEO of Fox Sports from his current role of president, COO & executive producer of Fox Sports; Paul Cheesbrough, elevated to chief technology officer and head of direct to consumer platforms for Fox, currently serving as 21st Century Fox’s CTO; Marianne Gambelli, who becomes president of ad sales for Fox and currently serves as president of ad sales for Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network; and Steve Tomsic, upped to Fox’s CFO from EVP of finance and deputy CFO of 21st Century Fox.
Shareholders for 21st Century Fox and Disney approved the proposed acquisition of the company’s assets by Disney this past July. The deal was first proposed in December 2017 and received the greenlight from the U.S. Department of Justice on the condition that Fox’s regional sports networks wouldn’t be among the assets purchased by Disney. Disney purchased part of 21st Century Fox’s assets for a whopping US$71.3 billion after Comcast’s decision to drop out of the running.
The appointments are effective upon the close of 21 Century Fox’s Disney transaction and the creation of the “new” Fox.