Fox Networks Group Promotes Brian Sullivan to President, COO

He replaces Randy Freer, who left last month to lead Hulu

Fox Networks Group (FNG) has promoted Brian Sullivan to president and chief operating officer. He replaces Randy Freer — who left last month to lead Hulu — in the top role.

In his new gig, Sullivan will directly oversee revenue and distribution for the Fox Television Group, FX, Fox Sports and National Geographic Partners, per a company statement on Thursday. He’ll also continue to lead FNG’s Digital Consumer Group, which is responsible for its streaming apps. FNG Distribution president Michael Biard and Ad Revenue president Joe Marchese will now report to Sullivan.

FNG’s advertising revenue group is currently undergoing its own reorg. Executive vice president of Global Solutions Danielle Maged will now report to Marchese. FNG Europe and Africa President Jan Koeppen and FNG Latin America President Carlos Martinez will report jointly to Sullivan and Peter Rice, who is 21st Century Fox and chairman/chief executive officer.

“Brian is an incredibly talented executive and has been instrumental in leading the direct to consumer efforts across our brands,” said Rice, who is Sullivan’s boss. “Brian’s track record at Sky and his proven expertise in building digital video consumer products has made him an invaluable part of our senior leadership team, and I look forward to working with him to continue to focus and operationalize our revenue, distribution and D2C efforts.”

“Fox Networks Group’s exceptional portfolio of brands continues to have an unrivaled reach and influence around the world at a time of dramatic transformation for our industry,” Sullivan said. “I look forward to my expanded role as I continue working with FNG’s leadership to grow our business and drive consumer choice in the emerging TV ecosystem.”

Sullivan will continue to serves as a Hulu board member, along with Rice and Dana Walden.