By Sahil Patel
Anthony J. “Tony” Vinciquerra, the former chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, has joined the board of directors at Machinima, the YouTube network targeting young males and video-gamers.
Currently Vinciquerra is a senior advisor at Texas Pacific Group, advising on acquisitions and operations across all of TPG’s investing properties, including TPG Capital, TPG Growth, and TPG Opportunities. It was prior to this role that he led Fox Networks Group, which he left in 2011.
“Having an executive of Tony’s stature and experience join our board of directors during this exciting new phase of strategic growth is invaluable to our organization,” said Allen DeBevoise, chairman and CEO of Machinima.* “He is one of the most respected and accomplished media executives in the industry, and his experiences growing the Fox broadcast and cable networks groups over the past decade will help inform our content and ad sales strategy going forward.”
By now you’re familiar with what’s going on at Machinima. But if not, here’s a quick recap: The network just secured an $18 million funding round led by Warner Bros., and has experienced a series of executive departures and layoffs in the past year-plus.
With the Warner Bros. investment, Machinima hopes to continue on its goal of developing a premium online video platform for its audience of young males and video-game creators and lovers. The platform would be focused on distributing original, scripted television-like content, in the vein of shows like Warner Bros.’ “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” and Microsoft Studios’ “Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn” — both of which premiered on Machinima — as well as longer-format programming.
Vinciquerra joining Machinima’s board aligns with this path. As the head of Fox Networks Group, he oversaw the Fox Television Network, Fox Cable Networks, Fox Sports, Fox International Channels, and their respective online businesses. He also helped launch FX, Big Ten Network, Fuel, and the National Geographic Channel.
Meanwhile Machinima is still looking for a new CEO, a decision that’s said to be imminent following the completion of the recent Warner Bros.-led money round.
* Allen DeBevoise is an investor in VideoInk