LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dan Fawcett has been named President of Digital Media for Fox Entertainment Group (FEG), it was announced today by Peter Chernin, President and Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation. The appointment, effective immediately, marks a return to Fox for Mr. Fawcett who spent the past three years as Executive Vice President of Programming and Business & Legal Affairs for DIRECTV, the nation’s leading satellite television service provider.
In this new role, Mr. Fawcett will further the growth and evolution of digital media strategy, including exploiting Fox content across all digital platforms, pursuing long-term tactical initiatives with major technology players and developing additional revenue streams for Fox product.
“Dan has a deep understanding of this company and a strong history over the past decade in structuring and negotiating successful distribution deals on numerous platforms,” commented Mr. Chernin. “Our digital media group has already launched one of the most aggressive expansions into the digital space of any media company and we’re confident that under Dan’s leadership it will continue to get stronger, more innovative and more competitive.”
“This is a tremendous opportunity to help define new and widening frontiers,” said Mr. Fawcett. “Fox Digital Media has been on the leading edge of the digital arena and I look forward to creating and advancing initiatives that will keep us at the forefront of this emerging landscape.”
Before joining DIRECTV three years ago, Mr. Fawcett served as Executive Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Fox Cable Networks, where he oversaw legal and business affairs for the division’s more than 20 domestic sports and entertainment cable networks, including Fox Sports Net and FX. He was responsible for structuring and negotiating transactions for programming rights, development, acquisition and production, and for content distribution through cable, satellite and other media platforms.
While at DIRECTV, Mr. Fawcett was responsible for selecting and acquiring all programming included on DIRECTV’s US platform, for managing its overall programming budget and for negotiating carriage terms with all third party content providers, helping lead DIRECTV to record revenue and subscriber growth. During his tenure, he negotiated the groundbreaking VOD deal with FEG for pre-air broadcasts of prime time hits from FX a full 24-48 hours prior to their initial broadcast.
Mr. Fawcett first joined Fox in Los Angeles in 1997 as Senior Vice President of Business & Legal Affairs for Fox Sports Net. Prior to that, he was Assistant GM and General Counsel of FSN Pittsburgh.
He received his BA from Tufts, his JD from the University of Pittsburgh, and his MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.
About Fox Digital Media
A division of the Fox Entertainment Group, Fox Digital Media (FDM) manages digital media strategy for all Fox content. In the past year, the group negotiated the groundbreaking digital revenue sharing agreement with Fox affiliates and also led the FOX on Demand effort, which brought prime time series to the Internet on an ad supported basis through MySpace.com and the MyFoxLocal web sites. Additionally, the group developed VOD and Electronic sell-through deals for film and television product, including deals with iTunes, Amazon, Bittorrent, AOL, MSN, MovieLink and CinemaNow.
About News Corporation
News Corporation (NYSE: NWS, NWS.A; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) had total assets as of December 31, 2006 of approximately US$59 billion and total annual revenues of approximately US$27 billion. News Corporation is a diversified international media and entertainment company with operations in eight industry segments: filmed entertainment; television; cable network programming; direct broadcast satellite television; magazines and inserts; newspapers; book publishing; and other. The activities of News Corporation are conducted principally in the United States, Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, Asia and the Pacific Basin.