A former top cable and sports executive at Fox has been hired to run Mandalay Sports Media, the year-old company owned by Peter Guber and Mike Tollin, reports Alex Ben Block at The Hollywood Reporter.
According to the article, "Rich Battista, who during 18 years with News Corp. helped build many of the Fox sports networks, on Thursday was named CEO of Mandalay Sports Media, a year-old joint venture that has ambitious plans to produce sports-themed movies, TV and cable programs and eventually build and buy media and digital properties related to sports."
The story adds, "Battista, who most recently ran LodgeNet Interactive Corp., will oversee the venture, which is owned by producer and sports team owner Peter Guber, producer Mike Tollin and CAA."
The article notes, "Battista spent 18 years at News Corp. and Fox, where from 2008-10 he served as president of National Cable Networks. He had oversight of such cable networks as FX, National Geographic, Big Ten Network, Fox Soccer Channel, Speed Channel and Fox Sports in Latin America."
The story also says: "Tollin, who has been involved in Mandalay Entertainment for nearly a year, said the company is already developing both fictional and nonfiction programming, but he declined to make any specific announcements."