10:11am PT by Lesley Goldberg
Hernan Lopez Exits Fox International Channels Amid Global Consolidation
21st Century Fox's Fox Networks Group is reorganizing its international structure.
Out is Fox International Channels CEO Hernan Lopez as the company consolidates its global channels under its regional hubs in Europe, Latin America and Asia.
Under the new structure, Jan Koeppen will become president of Fox Networks Group Europe. Carlos Martinez will hold the same position in Latin America and Zubin Gandevia will do the same in Asia. All three will report to FNG CEO and chairman Peter Rice and FNG president and COO Randy Freer.
"As our television business expands globally, the success and scale of our entertainment and sports brands in these fast-growing regions demand that they stand independently," Rice said in a statement announcing the news Monday. "Jan, Carlos and Zubin are extremely talented executives with a sharp understanding of the opportunities for new content and programming in their regions."
As part of the restructure, the FIC banner will be discontinued and Lopez will step down to launch a new venture that will be announced shortly. FIC, among other duties, oversaw the global release of AMC's The Walking Dead and Cinemax's upcoming Robert Kirkman drama Outcast, among others. More recently, Lopez launched a studio division headed by Sharon Tal Yguado.
"At Fox, I’ve been fortunate to work with some of the most talented and creative people in media," Lopez said. "I want to thank the several thousand employees and alumni of FIC, as well as Peter Rice, Chase Carey, James, Lachlan and Rupert Murdoch. I’ve been inspired by them and many colleagues throughout Fox, News Corp and Sky, and look forward to future collaborations as I embark on this next stage of my career."