As the new Fox staffs up in anticipation of the close of The Walt Disney Co.’s acquisition of much of the 21st Century Fox entertainment portfolio, the company has landed Seth Winter as head of Sports Sales for Fox Corp.
The announcement was made by Eric Shanks, Chief Executive Officer & Executive Producer for Fox Sports, and Marianne Gambelli, who will serve as President of Advertising Sales for Fox when the transaction is completed. Winter will oversee all aspects of sports sales and report directly to Gambelli.
“We are beyond excited to welcome Seth to the FOX family,” said Gambelli. “I know from working with Seth earlier in our careers that his leadership, reputation among clients and ability to create innovative media partnerships will be invaluable additions to our existing sports sales team.”
A seasoned executive with nearly 40 years of advertising sales experience, Winter most recently was Chief Advisor to NBC Sports Group, Advertising Sales.
Previously, Winter served as Executive Vice President, Advertising Sales, NBC Sports Group, where he led sales efforts across NBC Sports Group’s portfolio and oversaw cross-platform advertising sales for many of sports’ most prestigious events, including the Olympics, “Sunday Night Football,” the launch of “Thursday Night Football,” NHL, NASCAR, Premier League, Triple Crown horse racing, Notre Dame football, PGA Tour, The Open Championship, Presidents Cup, Ryder Cup, Tour de France and French Open. Winter is a graduate of Georgetown University.
“Fox Sports has an incredible portfolio of sports rights and is exceptionally well-positioned to remain the leader in sports television for many years to come,” said Winter. “I am incredibly excited to reunite with Marianne and work closely with this truly talented group of sports executives.”