Layer3 TV, the Denver-based startup billing itself as a next-generation cable operator, has appointed former Fox Networks exec Lindsay Gardner to the full-time post of chief content officer.
Gardner, who is also late of Cox Communications, was appointed as chairman of Layer3 TV’s content advisory board last fall.
In his new role at Layer3 TV, Gardner will continue to chair the company’s content advisory board, but will also be tasked with building and leading a team that will look to strike partnerships with cable networks, broadcasters, and other “compelling content creators and packagers,” the company said.
Gardner, most recently a private equity investor and a senior advisor at Oaktree Capital Management, reports to Layer3 TV CEO Jeff Binder.
“Strong and collaborative relationships with content providers is key to Layer3 TV,” Binder said, in a statement. “Few executives in our industry are more respected and trusted than Lindsay. Lindsay’s leadership and decades of experience make him uniquely equipped to grow our relationships with the programming community. We are thrilled to have him as a key part of the senior leadership team.”
“It is a career highlight to join Layer3 TV’s entrepreneurial team of world class cable and technology leaders,” added Gardner. “This team knows the cable space, its traditions and its future.”
Denver-based Layer3 TV hasn’t revealed much detail about a service that is expected to launch sometime in 2015. In December, it announced the selection of SeaChange International as a “key vendor” for the Layer3 TV in-home platform, which will use SeaChange’s Nucleus video gateway software and SeaChange’s Professional Services arm for the integration of that product and the testing of a Layer3 TV’s chosen, but still unnamed, 4K IP set-top.
Among other recent moves, the company filed an application for the trademark “Galileo TV,” but has not yet announced a brand name for its coming product.