Sportsman Channel has fortified its programming department, hiring Marc Fein, the former Versus veteran.
Fein joins Sportsman in the newly created position of executive vice president of programming and production. Reporting directly to CEO Gavin Harvey, Fein is charged with leading the network’s accelerating expansion into innovative formats spanning the interests and passions of the more than 80 million Americans who participate in the sportsman lifestyle.
A 20-year network television veteran, Fein most recently served as founder and president of his own TV sports and entertainment consulting firm, advising executives, producers and companies.
Prior to that, he worked for seven years with the Comcast Programming Group, culminating as executive vice president of programming, production and business operations for Versus, now NBC Sports Network. In that post, Fein, who worked for Harvey at Versus, had a leadership role in all aspects of the network, including program strategy, acquisitions, original production, event and studio production, scheduling, rights negotiations, technical operations, new media initiatives, and research.
“Marc is one of cable television’s smartest, most respected, and competitive network programming executives,” said Harvey in announcing the hire. “His broad experience and innovative perspective will be powerful assets in our campaign to build on Sportsman’s leadership in the outdoor TV category.”
Noted Fein: “I am very excited to join the Sportsman team and take part in their ambitious vision for excellence in this dynamic, growing category of entertainment. I know first-hand that America’s sportsmen and sportswomen are hungry for great outdoor TV that covers their many diverse passions and interests, and Sportsman is leading the way to provide it.”