Blue Sky ahead for Keane

Fox subsid taps former asst. controller for CFO

Brian Keane, former assistant controller at News America, has been tapped as chief financial officer for Fox subsid Blue Sky Studios.

Keane’s appointment comes at a time when Blue Sky is close to expanding into feature film development. As CFO, Keane will oversee the financial aspects of Blue Sky’s new feature film ventures and maintain the growth of its commercial division. Building on his relationship with News Corp./Twentieth Century Fox, Keane will also guide Blue Sky toward stronger partnerships with Fox and explore new growth opportunities in areas such as television.

Of his appointment, Keane stated, “I am looking forward to forging new relationships within the Fox and News Corp. network as well as with other outside companies. We believe that Blue Sky’s knowledge and expertise in the use of digital animation will provide tremendous growth opportunities in both the commercial and feature film business over the next few years.”

At News Corp. Keane was responsible for integrating its recently acquired companies of Fox/Liberty Networks, the Los Angeles Dodgers, Heritage Media and New World, into the News Corp. fold.

Before joining News Corp., Keane was the associate director of the internal audit department at Dun & Bradstreet, supervising the operational and financial reviews for D&B’s divisions/subsidiaries, which include AC Nielsen, Nielsen Consumer Research, Moodys and the Gartner Group.

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