A former executive with ESPN and Fox Sports was hired as the new executive vice president for content in North America at DAZN, the sports streaming service from former ESPN President John Skipper. The AP reports that Jamie Horowitz has the job with the new service.
DAZN is available in nine countries and is the top sports service in Japan, where it airs NFL, MLB and the UEFA Champions League,the AP notes.
“It is just making inroads in the United States with its primary early focus on boxing and MMA. It will air the middleweight title fight Saturday between Canelo Alvarez and Daniel Jacobs,” the story reports.
Horowitz, who has been a consultant for DAZN since November, will oversee all content for North America, including live production, original programming and social content.
“Horowitz helped DAZN sign a deal with MLB to air a nightly show called ‘ChangeUp,’ which allows DAZN to show live look-ins on games,” the AP notes. “He also helped develop a series called ’40 Days,’ which documents the eight weeks leading up to a title fight. The first season, which is produced by LeBron James and Maverick Carter, followed Alvarez and Jacobs.”
Horowitz, who also had a brief stint with NBC’s “Today” show, was reportedly fired from Fox Sports in July 2017 amid an internal investigation of sexual harassment claims.