Gardner to Resign Fox Networks Post


Veteran Fox Cable Networks affiliate-sales executive Lindsay Gardner will resign his post at the end of April.

Gardner -- who was named president of affiliate sales and marketing for the 28-channel Fox Cable Networks group last May -- will join Mediatech Capital Partners, a banking firm that develops and funds new-media properties, where he will serve as director of global media development, according to executives with knowledge of the situation.

Mediatech is a private merchant bank founded in 1996 by investment banker and author Porter Bibb. Investments include, the space multimedia Web site founded by CNN anchor Lou Dobbs.

Gardner has been head of distribution for eight years, and he has overseen the launch of at least one new network for Fox each of the past six years.

He led all distribution and affiliate-marketing activities on behalf of FX, FSN, 15 FSN owned-and-operated regional sports networks, Speed Channel, National Geographic Channel, NGC HD, Fox Movie Channel, Fox Soccer Channel, Fox Reality, Fuel TV, Fox Sports en Español and Fox College Sports Atlantic, Central and Pacific.

Fox Cable Networks executives could not be reached for comment at press time.

Potential replacements for Gardner include Fox Cable executive vice president of affiliate sales and marketing Michael Hopkins or senior VP of affiliate sales and marketing Sean Riley.