TCA: News Corp. Promotes Rice, Shifts Hill


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News Corp. has restructured its senior leadership team over its media and entertainment properties, elevating Peter Rice from chairman of entertainment for Fox Networks Group to chairman-CEO of Fox Networks Group. He will oversee all programming and operations for the group, which includes Fox Broadcasting Company, Fox Sports Media Group, FX, Fox International Channels and the National Geographic Channels.

David Hill, who has served as chairman and CEO of Fox Sports since 1999, has been named senior executive  vice president, News Corp. In this new role, Hill will focus on programming, digital initiatives and other opportunities for the company's operating units across Latin America, Asia, Australia, Europe and the U.S. Hill will be based in Los Angeles.

Rice had been chairman of entertainment for FNG since 2010. Under the new structure, he will take on new direct reports. David Haslingden, president and COO of FNG; and Mike Hopkins, president of distribution for FNG, both of whom previously reported to News Corp. president and COO Chase Carey, will now report to Rice. Randy Freer and Eric Shanks, copresidents of Fox Sports Media Group (FSMG), who previously reported to Hill, will also report to Rice. Kevin Reilly, president of entertainment for Fox Broadcasting Company, and John Landgraf, president and GM of FX, will continue to report to Rice.

Prior to his post as chairman of entertainment, Rice was president of Fox Searchlight, where he brought to the screen such films as Slumdog Millionaire, The Wrestler, Little Miss Sunshine, Sideways and Juno. Before that, as executive vice president of production for Twentieth Century Fox, he worked on a range of films, including Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet and X-Men.

Hill was chairman-CEO of Fox Sports since 1999. Previously, he served as chairman-CEO of Fox Broadcasting Company from 1997 to 1999, overseeing all programming and operations for the network. In 1993, armed with Fox's new NFL television rights deal, Hill arrived in the U.S. and served as Fox Sports' founding president. He previously held several News Corp. posts in the U.K. In 1988, he helped launch Sky Television and Eurosport and later took charge of BSkyB Sports Channel, creating Sky Sports in 1991.

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