Fox ups Quicksilver to distrib’n prexy

Exec to o'see relationship with station group, affiliates

Fox has upped Robert Quicksilver to president of network distribution, overseeing the network’s relationship with its station group and affiliates as well as its digital plans.

Quicksilver joined Fox in July as executive vice president of network distribution. He’ll continue to report to Fox Television chairman and CEO Chase Carey, who made the announcement Wednesday.

The exec will pick up many of the duties formerly handled by former Fox Television Network prexy Larry Jacobson, who ankled the network in December for Ticketmaster.

Quicksilver will remain based both in Los Angeles and at News Corp.’s Washington offices. Besides the station and digital duties, he’ll continue to serve as Fox’s chief point-person on regulation and other governmental issues.

Prior to Fox, Quicksilver served three years as vice president and general counsel for Sinclair Communications. The announcement of Quicksilver’s promotion was made on the eve of Fox’s pre-NATPE affiliates meeting in New Orleans, scheduled for Sunday.

Among issues expected to be discussed at that meeting are affiliate concerns over their inventory agreement with the network; and the success of “Malcolm in the Middle” as the network begins to recover from a difficult fall.

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