Fox Networks Names Elias VP, Advanced Services

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Benjamin Elias has been tapped as vice president, advanced services for Fox Networks affiliate sales and marketing.
In his new post, Elias is responsible for overall product management and negotiations with major cable, satellite, and telco affiliates and non-traditional distributors for all of FN's advanced services products, including video on demand, interactive television, 3D, mobile TV, advanced advertising, and authenticated internet video. He's also charged with developing product strategy for television distribution on emerging digital platforms and new incremental revenue-generating products.
Prior to joining FN, Elias served as director of strategy and business development at A&E Television Networks, where he was responsible for product management of VOD services for Lifetime, History, and A&E. He also led mobile business development and provided guidance for other advanced services, including authentication, ITV, and advanced advertising.
His career has also included stints at Sezmi Corp. as director of content partnerships, where he negotiated content license agreements with film studios, cable networks groups, and Internet companies. He has also held business development positions with Yahoo! and CBS Digital Media.
"Benjamin has demonstrated a strong ability to navigate strategically through the constantly shifting landscape of television advanced services," said Julie Simon, senior vice president, advanced services, FN affiliate sales and marketing, to whom he will report. "His extensive background in managing products from both the programming and development side of the business will help to expand our opportunities."