Goldhill takes controls at GSN

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Former Universal Television Group president and COO David Goldhill has been named president and CEO of GSN, succeeding Rich Cronin, who announced his resignation this month.

Goldhill, whose appointment is effective Aug. 1, will be responsible for all aspects of GSN's business, including its ongoing expansion into multiple platforms.

Goldhill was president and COO of Universal Television Group from 2002-04. He oversaw all operations at the company's domestic and international cable networks (including USA Network and Sci Fi Channel), TV studios, first-run syndication business and worldwide television distribution.

Currently, Goldhill is a senior adviser to Associated Partners, a New York-based investment firm specializing in media, telecommunications and technology.

"What is exciting to me is the general space GSN has been in and the type of audience that it speaks to," he said. "We can truly be a multiplatform offering of games and game-based entertainment."

Goldhill, who will work out of GSN's New York and Santa Monica offices, said the network's game-based multiplatform business will become an even bigger part of GSN. However, he pointed out that the main priority will still be the network.

"First we want to be as good as we can be as a games-based entertainment network on TV … and use our platforms to extend not just the brand but the franchise of games and the way we serve our audience," he said.

He added that GSN has good distribution — it's in more than 64 million homes — though he would like to see it reach full distribution.

GSN is co-owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment and Liberty Media Corp. In June, Goldhill was elected chairman of the board of directors of Fun Technologies, a Toronto-based online skill and sports games business in which Liberty is the majority shareholder.
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