Former Fox Exec Frontrunner for Time Inc. President Role

A TV man with a sprinkling of print experience.

Time Inc. is still searching for the right person to take on the newly-created role of president of People and Entertainment Weekly, but it seems the field has finally narrowed. The New York Post reports that Richard Battista, a former Fox and News Corp. exec is the frontrunner for the job.

Battista is currently the CEO of Mandalay Sports Media, a role he has held since 2013. He previously spent 18 years at Fox and News Corp., and from 2008 to 2010 he served as president of National Cable Networks. In that role, Battista oversaw such popular networks as FX and National Geographic.

As for print experience, well, there’s a little of that in Battista’s blood. He served as CEO of Gemstar-TVGuide from 2004 to 2008.