MyNetworkTV president Meidel has been given the reigns of News Corp.’s TV syndication division and will oversee all first-run, network and off-network programming and distribution for both Twentieth TV and MyNetworkTV.
Meidel, who succeeds outgoing Twentieth TV president and COO Bob Cook, will report to Jack Abernethy, CEO of Fox TV Stations.
Meidel held the position of president and COO of Twentieth from 1992-1995 when he was in charge of all first-run and reality programming for Fox Broadcasting and syndication, including “America’s Most Wanted,” “Cops” and “A Current Affair.” In addition, he supervised all cable, station and advertiser sales for “The Simpsons,” “NYPD Blue” and “The X-Files.”
He previously did stints as president of programming for CBS Paramount Domestic TV where he oversaw first-run programming including “Entertainment Tonight,” “Dr. Phil,” and “Judge Judy” and as chairman and CEO of Universal Television Group, where he was responsible for all television properties, including network and first-run production and worldwide distribution of the “Law & Order” franchise and “Xena: Warrior Princess,” as well as oversight of USA Network.
As a precursor of possible expansion of Meidel’s duties of running MyNet, the network in February changed its programming direction away from original series and toward syndicated content.