In his new role, Fielding will oversee licensing, product development and new business opportunities in the consumer retail space across both businesses and FX Networks. Fielding, who most recently served as Global Head of Consumer Products and Retail for DreamWorks Animation, will be based in Los Angeles and begin his duties Monday.
A 25-year veteran in the consumer retail space, Fielding previously served as the CEO of Claire’s Stores Inc., where he oversaw strategic growth and international development for the retail chain’s 3,000-plus stores worldwide. Previously, he was the President of Disney Stores Worldwide, a role in which he led a $1.2 billion global business that operated 360 stores in 12 countries, as well as the DisneyStore.com e-commerce business.
Prior to his 11-year tenure at the Walt Disney Company, Fielding served as General Merchandise Manager for the co-ed division of Lands’ End. He previously held several key roles in the merchandising world at companies such as the Gap, the J. Peterman Company and Dayton-Hudson.
“The Fox Television Group is home to some of the most powerful and enduring television franchises the world over, and Jim offers exactly the right skill set to maximize their potential in the licensing and consumer products space,” said Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen and CEOs of Fox Television Group. “He has been an innovative steward of so many important live-action and animated properties over his career, and he has relationships with retailers and licensees quite literally around the globe. We’re excited to have him on board.”
Said Stacey Snider, Chairman and CEO of Twentieth Century Fox Film: “Jim’s expertise and experience will be invaluable assets as we continue to look for new ways for our brands – both new and existing – to reach consumers on a global scale. Jim’s a one-of-a-kind executive, who’s worked with many of the world’s largest and most successful franchises, and we are incredibly fortunate to have him leading this group as we strive to take advantage of this immense opportunity.”