Fox International Channels Re-Organize Sales Divisions

Simon Thomas Headshot - P 2014
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Simon Thomas Headshot - P 2014

Simon Thomas leads the London-based operation offering content created for Fox, Fox Sports, National Geographic and other channels

Fox International Channels announced Thursday it is launching a new Content Sales division so that global buyers will be able to find scripted and unscripted content from Fox, National Geographic Channel, Fox Sports and other  channels and brands owned by 21st Century Fox all in one place.

The restructured group, based in London, is being led by Simon Thomas, executive vp of global sports and content sales.

 “FIC is uniquely positioned to guarantee a broad, day-and-date global release for key entertainment and factual shows,” FIC’s president and CEO Hernan Lopez said in a statement. “Through our revamped Content Sales efforts, we will continue to increase the revenue stream required to attract premium content creators to our brands.”

The film libraries being made available are part of the content produced by the company and independent producers for more than 300 channels in 45 languages which operate in Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

The catalogue includes a diverse mix of  shows and formats including Wayward Pines, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, The Bridge, Da Vinci’s Demons and The Walking Dead

For the first time, National Geographic Channels’ worldwide sales will fall under the FIC umbrella.

According to the announcement, Prentiss Fraser, senior vp of global entertainment sales, will now guide the new team’s entertainment strategy.

Deagan Sweet is being named senor vp of factual and commercial operations.

Andrew Guy is senor vp of sports content sales.

Joining the team from Sky Vision is Connie Hodson as vp of commercial affairs, in charge of co-financing strategy.

The new group will have oversight of sales teams in many of the 62 FIC offices around the world. FIC said that its networks on all platforms  reach over 1.7 billion households worldwide.

Thomas said in a statement that this will, “position FIC as a major player in the distribution business.”