Fox Networks Group Names Brian Sullivan President of Digital

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Sullivan was managing director of the customer group at BSkyB. He was put in charge of the German operation in 2010. In more than 13 years at BSkyB, Sullivan was part of the team that developed its strategy, including the launch of an HD service.

Sullivan's responsibilities will include direct-to-consumer digital video.

Fox Networks Group announced Thursday that Brian Sullivan has named president of digital, a newly created role for the former CEO of Sky Deutschland.

Sullivan's responsibilities will include direct-to-consumer digital video, as well as driving growth at properties like FoxNow, FXNow, Fox Sports Go and the Fox Play international offerings.

Sullivan also is expected to collaborate with other top executives at FNG to help develop a single, global, commercial platform.

Sullivan spent five years as CEO of Sky Deutschland before stepping down in March and returning to the United States. When he took over Sky Deutschland, it had been a money-losing operation, but it booked a quarterly profit shortly before Sullivan left.

In his new role, Sullivan will report to Peter Rice, chairman and CEO of FNG, a unit of 21st Century Fox, which recently announced the promotion (effective July 1) of James Murdoch to CEO and Lachlan Murdoch to executive co-chairman.

"Our portfolio of brands has the scale, reach and breadth to continue driving real innovation across the digital landscape," Rice said Wednesday. "Brian's track record — which includes leading the turnaround at Sky Deutschland, as well as helping to build BSkyB into one of the world's most successful pay-TV platforms — underscores his constant focus on putting the customer first while embracing new technologies."

Sullivan's résumé also includes a senior role at Viacom's Showtime Networks.