FOX Sports Adds Jamie Horowitz as President, FOX Sports National Networks, Promotes John Entz to President, Production
FOX Sports made some big management moves official on Thursday afternoon, highlighted by the appointment of Jamie Horowitz to the newly created position of President, FOX Sports National Networks and the promotion of John Entz to President, Production, FOX Sports.
Horowitz, a former ESPN and NBC News executive, who will now oversee all programming, marketing and scheduling for FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, reporting directly to Shanks. His responsibilities also include management and development of original programming and day-to-day operations for FOX Sports 1’s news and studio programs, including AMERICA’S PREGAME, NASCAR RACEHUB and FOX SPORTS LIVE, the channel’s flagship nightly news, highlights and commentary program. Horowitz will be based at the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles and is scheduled to assume his new position in mid-May.
“Watching FOX Sports 1 grow and evolve over the 21 months since we launched has been exhilarating, and I’m so proud of our team for what we’ve achieved,” said Shanks. “FOX Sports 1 is the fastest growing sports channel in the country, and we’ve seen about a 30% viewership increase overall, and 50% increase for live events, year over year. That substantial growth has made it necessary to more clearly define our organizational structure so we’re better positioned for long-term success. Bringing an extremely creative executive like Jamie aboard to oversee our national cable channels ties everything together.”
Entz, who is currently FOX Sports’ Executive Vice President, Production and Executive Producer, continues to report to Shanks and is responsible for all live event production, pre- and postgame coverage, as well as studio and technical operations.
“John is responsible for maintaining the unparalleled game and event production quality that FOX Sports is known for, and this promotion recognizes that important achievement,” added Eric Shanks, President, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer, FOX Sports. “As FOX Sports 1 matures, and more events are added, having John focus his attention solely on that aspect of our operation is essential and will keep our production standards the envy of the industry.”
In addition to those moves, David Nathanson, formerly General Manager and Chief Operating Officer of FOX Sports 1 and FOX Sports 2, has been promoted to Head of Business Operations, FOX Sports, a newly created position. In this post, which also reports to Shanks, Nathanson manages business and league relationships, contributes to rights negotiations and identifies untapped revenue generating opportunities having to do with all linear and digital channels and platforms under the FOX Sports umbrella.
“David has been a terrific leader and has done a masterful job positioning FOX Sports 1 for enormous growth,” offered Shanks. “Among other properties, he was the key executive responsible for FOX Sports having won the rights to the World Cup and Women’s World Cup through 2026, and tapping those skills going forward no doubt will help the entire FOX Sports organization grow faster, sooner.”
Also Jeff Krolik continues as President, FOX Sports Regional Networks, including oversight of FOX Deportes, while Pete Vlastelica remains Executive Vice President, Digital, FOX Sports. Both will continue reporting to Shanks.
“Jeff and Pete have been, and will continue to be true leaders in every sense of the word,” added Shanks. “Our regional sports networks are thriving on every level and our mobile and digital offerings are setting new industry standards.”
Horowitz Makes the Move to FOX
In the fall of 2014, Horowitz served as Senior Vice President/General Manager of Today, NBC News’ long-running morning program, overseeing all platforms of the show’s brand, driving greater integration and developing opportunities that served the audience beyond the day-to-day execution of the broadcast and digital platforms.
Horowitz established himself as an innovative developer of provocative sports programs during his many years at ESPN, where he served in a variety of capacities. In his most recent position, from February 2012 to August 2014, he held the title Vice President, Original Programming and Production where he was charged with the development of original studio shows, and oversaw the budgets and production for established shows, including Olbermann, First Take, Numbers Never Lie, SportsNationand Colin’s New Football Show. Horowitz also worked to drive revenue for the shows via custom content across multiple platforms.
As a coordinating producer at ESPN from January 2009 to January 2012, Horowitz created and executive produced the daily studio show, SportsNation, and created the weekly ESPN on ABC show,Winners Bracket. As a senior producer at ESPN from May 2006 to January 2009, he oversaw the development of original studio shows, and served as Executive Producer of the World Series of Poker.
Horowitz began his career in sports television as an Olympics researcher for NBC Sports (1998-2000) for the 2000 Sydney Summer Games, also writing for the NBC morning show during the Games. After the Sydney Olympics he was elevated to associate producer with NBC Sports where he served from October 2000 to April 2006. There, Horowitz created and produced the National Heads-Up Poker Championship, and worked on remote and studio events for NBC’s coverage of NBA, NASCAR and the Olympics.