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ABC TV ups Wallau

Exec takes on new network admin prexy job

NEW YORK — ABC Television Network prexy Pat Fili-Krushel upped Alex Wallau to the new position of president for network administration and operations on Thursday.

In his new role, Wallau, who had been exec VP of the network, will head up affiliate relations, sales and broadcast operations/engineering. He’ll also work with Fili-Krushel “on a broad range of policy, administrative and operational issues within the network,” ABC said.

Wallau will continue to report to Fili-Krushel, who assumed her position just last month. He’ll also remain in his role as on-air boxing analyst for ABC Sports.

Fili-Krushel said that Wallau had already been intimately involved in many of the areas he’ll now oversee, and the promotion was simply “a recognition of his talents.”

“As I’ve settled into this job, it’s become pretty apparent that I have to streamline a lot of areas,” Fili-Krushel told Daily Variety.

Wallau has been with ABC since 1976, joining the company as head of on-air promos for ABC Sports. He later became a producer for ABC Sports, snagging two Emmys for his work.

He became an on-air boxing analyst for ABC Sports in 1986, moving over to the corporate side of the company in 1991, when he became a consultant to ABC Inc. prexy Robert Iger, who then headed the web’s entertainment division. Wallau was upped to VP of the network in 1993.

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