News Corp. eyes AOL alum
EmptyNews Corp. is in advanced talks to hire former AOL CEO Jon Miller in a broad role that would have him oversee the conglomerate's digital endeavors.
A final deal and announcement could come as early as this week, sources said.
If signed, Miller would report to News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and could carry the title of CEO of digital media, sources said.
He would be in charge of Fox Interactive Media, which houses top Web properties such as MySpace and IGN, mobile- entertainment arm Jamba and News Corp.'s work on online-video joint venture Hulu, a partnership with NBC Universal. He also would be charged with driving digital work across News Corp. units.
Fox Interactive Media president Peter Levinsohn would move into a different role, with sources saying he would be in charge of digital distribution at News Corp.'s TV and film studio operations. He would report to Fox Filmed Entertainment co-chairmen Jim Gianopulos and Tom Rothman, who recently added the company's TV production businesses to their portfolio.
News Corp. officials declined comment, as did Miller.
Miller most recently has been a partner at digital-media investment firm Velocity Interactive Group, created by the merger of Velocity Investment Group — which Miller co-founded with another former FIM president, Ross Levinsohn