Mark Silverman to take control of Fox Sports’ national networks

Mark Silverman to take control of Fox Sports’ national networks

US broadcaster Fox Sports has named experienced media executive Mark Silverman as president of its national networks.

Silverman will take the role alongside his current position as president of the Big Ten Network (BTN), which is jointly owned by Fox Sports and the Big Ten Conference.

Silverman, who has overseen all aspects of BTN since its inception in 2007, will take on the responsibilities of Fox Sports' former programming chief Jamie Horowitz, who was fired last July amid an investigation into accusations of sexual harassment.

In his new role, which he will assume on 16th January after relocating from Chicago to Los Angeles, Silverman will oversee all programming, production, marketing and digital for Fox Sports, FS1 and FS2 live events and studio shows.

“Mark is an excellent, creative executive who has been in the Fox Sports family for over 11 years with great success,” said Eric Shanks, the president and executive producer at Fox Sports. “We couldn’t be more thrilled he has chosen to take this new role on our team.”

Silverman, who began his media career at The Walt Disney Company, the owners of Fox Sports rival ESPN, added: “I have greatly enjoyed leading BTN for the past 11 years. I now look forward to joining the Fox Sports leadership team and working with some of the top brands and executives in the industry.”

Silverman's appointment follows last month's announcement of Disney's US$52.4 billion purchase of various 21st Century Fox properties. While that deal does not include Fox Sports' national cable channels, it does cover Fox's family of 22 US-based regional sports networks (RSNs), which are due to rebranded under the ESPN banner provided the agreement is approved.