Fox Networks Group has promoted Brian Sullivan to president and chief operating officer, a role that had been held by Randy Freer, who left in October to take the CEO job at Hulu. Sullivan, the former CEO of Sky Deutschland, has been president and COO of Fox Networks’ Digital Consumer Group since 2015.
Freer had been president and COO at FNG since 2013 before the news came that he was exiting for Hulu, where he replaced another former FNG exec, Mike Hopkins. Hopkins now is chairman of Sony Pictures Television.
Sullivan, the onetime CEO of Sky Deutschland, will report to Peter Rice, president of 21st Century Fox and and CEO and chairman of FNG. In the new role he will directly oversee revenue and distribution for the Fox Television Group, FX, Fox Sports and National Geographic Partners. He also will continue to lead the Digital Consumer Group, responsible for its authenticated streaming apps. He also is a Hulu board member with Rice and Dana Walden.
“Brian is an incredibly talented executive and has been instrumental in leading the direct to consumer efforts across our brands,” said Rice in making the announcement. “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.”
As head of the Digital Consumer Group, Sullivan has led digital strategy for all the group’s network brands, driving growth across FNG’s portfolio of authenticated streaming products, and working with FNG leadership to harness digital opportunities around data, monetization and ad serving.
With Sullivan’s move, FNG distribution president Michael Biard and ad revenue president Joe Marchese now will report to him. The advertising revenue group is being restructured, with EVP Global Solutions Danielle Maged now reporting to Marchese. FNG Europe and Africa president Jan Koeppen and FNG Latin America president Carlos Martinez will report jointly to Sullivan and Rice.