SBJ/April 2-8, 2012/Media

Entz rises to executive producer at Fox Sports

Fox Sports has tapped John Entz to be the fifth executive producer in the network’s 18-year history.

John Entz
Entz, who rejoined Fox Sports in November after a three-year stint with MLB Network, will report to the group’s presidents and co-COOs Randy Freer and Eric Shanks. He will be based in Los Angeles.

In his role, Entz will oversee studio and event productions for all of Fox Sports’ networks, including the broadcast channel, the regional sports networks, Speed, Fox Soccer Channel, Fuel and Fox Deportes. Entz also will oversee digital programming on FoxSports.com.

“John is a true leader,” Shanks said. “He is one of the most innovative and creative producers in our business.”

Fox hired Entz five months ago to be senior vice president of production for Fox Sports Media Group. Sources said he was looking into Fox’s plans to launch a new national sports channel, which he would have been in line to run, but his new role has him taking over as executive producer from Doug Sellars, who died unexpectedly Dec. 30.

Entz had worked at Fox from 1996 to 2008, when he left to help launch MLB Network. He was senior vice president of production for the league-owned network.

A SportsBusiness Journal/SportsBusiness Daily Forty Under 40 award winner, Entz takes over as executive producer as the network embarks on a new MLB season. Its rights deal with MLB ends after the 2013 season.

The four other executives who have held the executive producer title during Fox Sports’ 18 years are Chairman David Hill, Vice Chairman Ed Goren, Shanks and the late Sellars.
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