Fox Networks Group has found its replacement for Mike Hopkins, who is exiting the company to become chief executive of Hulu. According to The Hollywood Reporter, FNG named Michael Biard as its new distribution president.
Biard has worked at Fox since 2000, first in affiliate business affairs and also in national accounts. He also worked on the debuts and acquisitions of networks such as FXX, Nat Geo Wild and Fox Sports, the story notes.
Fox Networks Group Chairman Peter Rice said of Biard: “He’s a gifted negotiator who is also able to analyze and solve complex issues in order to create significant value for Fox and our MVPD and broadcast affiliate partners. Over the past several years he has provided thoughtful direction as the leader of our national accounts and digital distribution teams, and has made vast contributions to the success of our networks business. We are delighted he will be leading our distribution efforts."