Larkin, Janoff and Ewing join forces
The Intl. Fight League, whose weekly two-hour primetime martial-arts matches kick off Monday on MyNetworkTV, has hired three veteran sports/entertainment execs to run its TV operation.The three are Jay Larkin, who engineered most of Showtime’s boxing deals during a 20-year stint at the pay TV network; Craig Janoff, who harvested 10 Emmy Awards during a 25-year career as a TV sports director of such events as the Summer and Winter Olympics and “ABC Monday Night Football” (1988-99); and Darren Ewing, who has directed both scripted series like “24” and “House” and reality-series episodes such as “The Osbournes” and “Last Comic Standing.” Larkin will be exec producer of IFL, which bills itself as “the world’s first team-based, professional, mixed martial-arts league.” Ewing will be exec producer and Janoff the director of the MyNet series. “IFL Battleground” will run in primetime for 22 weeks and include both ring action and behind-the-scenes footage of the athletes and their coaches. Each of the two-hour Monday events will be repeated on MyNet the following Saturday, also in primetime.