GSN hails new president Goldhill

Exec tapped for top position at network

Former Universal TV Group exec David Goldhill has been tapped prexy-chief exec of GSN.

Goldhill replaces Rich Cronin, who earlier this month said he was stepping down as head of the games-themed cabler owned by Sony and Liberty. Goldhill begins his new gig Aug. 1.

New topper comes to GSN from Gotham-based investment firm Associated Partners, where he was a senior adviser. Before that, Goldhill was chairman of Independent Network Television Holdings, which built Russian network TV3.

Goldhill said that with GSN now widely distributed, he’ll be focusing on building the cabler’s brand.

“Our challenge is to extend and enhance our brand across the various platforms through which our audience watches and plays casual and skill games,” he said.

Exec also emphasized the need for Sony and Liberty to use their resources to boost GSN.

“The Sony and Liberty relationships are crucial to GSN’s next stage of growth,” Goldhill said. “I would hope that GSN’s efforts will become more relevant to each of our owners’ broader game businesses and that we can more fully leverage their substantial content production and distribution capabilities.”

Michael Lynton, chairman-CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment, called Goldhill “the ideal person to lead” GSN.

“I’ve known David for many years, and he brings to this position a unique combination of expertise in entertainment, technology and finance,” Lynton added.  “He will do a great job, especially in building audiences on television and online.”

Liberty CEO Greg Maffei added that Goldhill has a “strong track record which highlights his creativity, experience and keen business sense.”

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