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He may not get the kind of headlines that entertainment chiefs at the Fox network, 20th Century Fox TV or even FX garner, but Tony Vinciquerra has emerged as Fox’s key utility player.

Vinciquerra remains the chief exec under News Corp. COO Peter Chernin to oversee interests in both broadcast and cable.

The exec was handed the keys a year ago to the Fox Networks Group, where as CEO he administers the nuts-and-bolts of the broadcast network, as well as cable channels such as FX, Fox Sports and National Geo.

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At the heart of it all, Vinciquerra stresses, is the Fox web.

“The broadcast network is the centerpiece of Fox,” he says. “People look at the network as an old business, a mature business, and it is. But it’s still the driving force for all of the business.”

Vinciquerra has taken advantage of his unique position by combining some back-office functions, such as business development, finance and advertising sales.

Because it’s a younger, smaller company, Vinciquerra says he believes Fox is able to adapt faster to the changing TV landscape.

“Fox is 16 years old, vs. 75 years for the other guys,” says the exec, who headed the Hearst-Argyle station group before joining Fox in 2001.

“I just think the organization is simpler, and the entrepreneurial spirit here much greater.”