Net gives Bartlett the biz

Former cable exec Lee Bartlett is reuniting with Fox Entertainment prexy Peter Liguori, joining the net as exec VP of business affairs.

Bartlett previously served as exec VP of business affairs for Fox Cable Networks, overseeing transactions for outlets including FX (which Liguori led as CEO until last month), National Geographic Channel, Fox Reality, Speed Channel and others.

In his new gig, Bartlett will report to Liguori; he’ll handle all business affairs and theatrical film acquisitions for the Fox net. He’ll also focus on programming issues and long-term business strategies, working closely with Liguori and the net’s exec team.

“My roots are in broadcast, so to go back was a really exciting prospect,” Bartlett said. “I’ve also known and worked with Peter for five years, and he’s just one of the smartest, most charismatic people I’ve run across.”

Exec said he hopes to bring some fresh eyes to the net’s business models.

“I certainly hope that some of the things FX did to get quality programming will transfer here,” he said.

While at Fox cable, Bartlett created a business template to license FX series such as “The Shield,” “Nip/Tuck” and “Rescue Me.”

“We are indeed fortunate,” Liguori said of Bartlett’s hire.

Bartlett replaces longtime Fox exec Ira Kurgan, who spent 17 years at the net and left his post as prez of network business operations last month to join Yahoo! as chief business officer.

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