Fox International Channels is handing Jeff Ford and expanded role.
The former TV3 and Channel 5 executive, who has been serving as Managing Director of Fox International Channels UK for the better part of six months, has been promoted to the position of Senior Vice-President of Content Development for Europe & Africa, TVWise has learned.
In his new role, Jeff Ford will now have responsibility for overseeing the development and production original scripted content and formats, that can be rolled out internationally across Fox International Channels. “Jeff’s new role will allow us to produce even more distinctive, bold, original scripted entertainment for our Foc International Channel brands”, said Jan Koeppen, President of Fox International Channels Europe and Africa.
Jeff Ford will continue to be based out of Fox International Channels London office, reporting to Diego Londono, COO of FIC Europe & Africa. He will also continue to serve in his current role as Managing Director of FIC UK. The rapid promotion comes as little surprise, as in his short tenure Ford has already made his mark at the UK division; broadening out FOX UK’s schedule with high profile acquisition Marvel’s Agent Carter and launching a new FTA channel, YourTV, in the market.
“Fox International Channels has a content heritage second to none and a proven track record of creating high quality, innovative formats”, Jeff Ford said in a statement. “This new role is a real opportunity to tap into the creative community in Europe. I am excited about the opportunity to collaborate with fantastic talent from the region and can’t wait to get started on our next international hit”.
Today’s appointment is also said to underscores Fox International Channel’s commitment to producing and owning original content, which is a growing trend in the industry not only on both sides of the Atlantic, but globally. FIC started down that path earlier this year with the launch of Fox International Studios, which is producing Robert Kirkman’s newest comic book adaptation Outcast. FIS owns all rights to the show, which, after airing on US network Cinemax, will be rolled out across Fox International Channels’ global footprint.