Fox Sports exec to serve as interim prexy

Speed has named Scott Ackerson as its interim prexy, effective at the start of 2012.

Ackerson succeeds Hunter Nickell, who resigned his post effective at year’s end (Variety, Dec. 12). He has been exec veep and exec producer for parent company Fox Sports Media Group, and was previously coordinating producer for “Fox NFL Sunday.”

“We’re fortunate to have someone in-house with Scott’s production and leadership skills ready to step in as interim president at Speed,” FSMG chairman David Hill said. “Moving forward, every program at Speed has to be of the same high quality you’d find on Fox Sports, and Scott can make that happen.”

Said Ackerson: “I’m looking forward to building upon what the Speed team already has started … and creating shows that resonate with the viewers.”

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