Meidel to Head MyNetworkTV

Jan 15, 2007  •  Post A Comment

MyNetworkTV has tapped Greg Meidel to serve as president of the Fox-owned network. The move comes as MyNet prepares to undergo a facelift in upcoming months that will likely shift the channel away from the current all-telenovela strategy toward a more diversified lineup.

Previously, network decisions came from a roundtable of executives that included Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox Television Stations; Bob Cook, president and chief operating officer of Twentieth Television; Roger Ailes, president of Fox News Channel and chairman of the Fox Television Stations Group; and Peter Chernin, president and chief operating officer of News Corp. All four men are expected to remain involved in the building of the network. Mr. Meidel will report directly to Mr. Abernethy.

“Greg is a proven leader and one of the most respected television executives in the business,” said Mr. Abernethy. “These qualities, along with his unique ability to translate a vision into a business of scale, make him the ideal person for this position. I’m thrilled to have him on the MyNetworkTV team.”

Mr. Meidel most recently served as the president of programming for CBS Paramount Domestic Television, where he oversaw first-run programming in syndication that included “Judge Judy,” “Dr. Phil” and “Entertainment Tonight.” He has close ties to Fox, having served from 1992-95 as president and chief operating officer of Twentieth Television, where he was in charge of all first-run and reality programming for network and syndication, including “America’s Most Wanted,” “COPS” and “A Current Affair.” In addition, he supervised all cable, station and advertiser sales for “The Simpsons,” “NYPD Blue” and “The X-Files.”

“I couldn’t be more excited about joining MyNetworkTV,” Mr. Meidel said. “I look forward to working with the talented group of people here to grow the network and ensure that it reaches its full potential.”

(Editor: Liff)