Katz catches touchdown: NFL Films COO

Football cabler to debut in the fall

NEW YORK — Howard Katz, who resigned as president of ABC Sports two months ago, has joined NFL Films as chief operating officer.

NFL Films will see its visibility raised significantly as it will supply lots of library programming to the new NFL network, a 24-hour cable channel that premieres in the fall on DirecTV’s basic platform reaching 10.5 million subscribers.

Katz is reuniting with his former boss at ABC, Steve Bornstein, who’s exec VP of media for the NFL. Bornstein ankled the post of ABC president a year ago, and Katz never got along with Alex Wallau, who took over many of Bornstein’s duties.

Katz’s base of operations is a new 200,000-square-foot studio complex in Mt. Laurel, N.J. NFL Films distributes 400 hours of original NFL programming a year across 30 U.S. networks.

Katz is a 10-year veteran of ABC Sports and its sister company ESPN. He took over as president of ABC Sports in 1999.

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