Fox/Liberty taps cable net topper

Sonnenberg moves to exec VP from FX Net

NEW YORK — FX Networks head Mark Sonnenberg has been named executive vice president and head of Fox/Liberty Ventures for Fox Liberty Networks.

In his new job, Sonnenberg will oversee Fox/Liberty’s interests in cable networks, including Fox Sports World, the domestic telecaster of international sports, and FiT-TV, an exercise and health channel.

Sonnenberg will also serve an integral role in the day-to-day operations of Fox Sports Net, Fox Liberty’s group of regional sports networks linked by a national feed. In addition, Sonnenberg will maintain oversight of fXM: Movies From Fox, a commercial-free movie service under the FX umbrella.

FX is expected to name a new chief executive by the end of the week.

Sonnenberg will also oversee Fox/Liberty’s investments in Speedvision, a cable service devoted to automotive, motorcycle, aviation and marine industries; Outdoor Life Network, a network devoted to adventure and outdoor lifestyle programming; and CTV Sports Net, the Canadian counterpart to Fox Sports Net.

In his new position, Sonnenberg will report to Tony Ball, president and CEO, Fox/Liberty Networks.

“There’s a need for somebody, on a day-to-day basis, to look after the joint venture’s interests and pay day-to-day attention to Fox Sports Net,” said Sonnenberg, who was previously executive VP, FX Networks.

Before joining FX at its inception in 1993, Sonnenberg was the executive producer for the KTLA Morning News. Prior to KTLA, he worked for ABC Television Network for five years, where he was responsible for the West Coast division of entertainment program research.

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