Liberty taps Fitzgerald chairman of post unit

AT&T vet to be Livewire boss and Media sr. veep

Further cementing its management hold on a new postproduction group, Liberty Media Corp. on Tuesday appointed an executive from its parent company as chairman of Liberty post unit Liberty Livewire.

Bill Fitzgerald, 43, was previously executive vice president and chief operating officer for operations administration at AT&T Broadband, a unit of telecom giant and Liberty parent AT&T Corp.

At Los Angeles-based Liberty Livewire, he will preside over a board that has methodically assembled into one corporate family such well-known Hollywood post groups as Todd-AO Corp., Four Media Co. and SounDelux. Fitzgerald also acquires the title of senior VP at Liberty Media, where he will be “involved in evaluating and managing various assets and investment opportunities in new media, technology and distribution businesses,” the Englewood, Colo.-based company said.

“Bill’s substantial experience in the cable industry, as well as his significant transaction and finance experience will add further to the depth, knowledge and operating experience of Liberty’s existing management team,” Liberty Media chief executive Robert Bennett said.

Recent exec moves

Former Liberty Media exec David Beddow previously was appointed CEO of Liberty Livewire, and former Four Media chairman Rob Walston is its chief operating officer. SounDelux co-founders Lon Bender and Wylie Stateman were recently named Liberty Livewire’s president and executive vice president, respectively.

Some other executives titles are still being worked out as the company restructures its various operations.

Branding decisions also must be firmed up, but it’s likely the Todd-AO name will be shortened to Todd for mixing services while sound design is marketed as SounDelux, Beddow said. No decision has been made on whether to keep the name Four Media, which also uses an array of boutique brands at the video post houses under its umbrella.

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